Great Things Come in Small Packages Although David Singer’s attention was focused on taking down his first World Series of Poker bracelet during the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament, his heart was elsewhere. While Singer battled it out on the felt, his wife was on the verge of giving birth to their first child. Fortunately for Singer, things went well on both fronts. He won his first WSOP bracelet and then his wife gave birth to his son Samuel a couple of hours after his win. “We’ll probably just call him Sam, but we have to wait and see what he is like: he may be a Sammy or a Samuel,” said Singer. According to Nolan Dalla, this is the first time in WSOP that a player has won a bracelet and had a child born on the same day.
Congrats on both accounts David. OMG Clay Aiken $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha winner Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond is undoubtedly one of the game’s elite Omaha players and his bracelet victory in Event#28 was his big coming out party. One of online poker’s biggest cash game players, Galfond surprised very few by taking down his first WSOP title even though he faced one of this year’s toughest final tables. Playing more for the bracelet than the money, Galfond’s victory proved that the superstar can function in both the live and online poker spectrums. Something tells me that Galfond has a good shot of winning multiple bracelets over the course of his career. Barry Greenstein is a Winner Barry Greenstein’s win in the $1,500 Razz tournament adds to the “Bear’s” collection of bracelets. Arguably one of the best all-around players in the sport, it is not Greenstein’s WSOP wins that impress me. There is no doubt that he’s a great poker player, but it’s Barry’s humanitarian efforts that impressed me.
In addition to donating a lot of what he wins to charity, Greenstein has also made an social impact by getting other players such as Phil Ivey to become more philanthropic. When it comes class, Barry takes the title. He is the definition of a true champion. Quick story about my first run-in with Barry: I was working for Borgata in January of 2006 and I tried to get an interview with the Bear. He looked me dead in the eye and said with a straight face, “Have you read my book?” When I answered, “No,” he told me to that I had to read his book first and that he would talk to me after I finished it. Although I didn’t find it humorous at the time, I now look back at his comment as one of the best player lines I have ever heard.Last 5 posts in WSOP