Texas Hold'em is the most popular form of poker in the world, especially in tournament format. This is why so many amateurs win the big Hold'em events at the WSOP – scores of poor-to-mediocre players who get lucky and also some good unknowns mean the odds of a professional winning a bracelet are poor.
Dario Minieri and John ‘Razor' Phan defied those odds, each winning s WSOP bracelet and adding to their already not-inconsiderable tournament winnings.
Minieri is a Full Tilt pro and a successful young player. He took the bracelet and $528k in the No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event, a form of the game with only six players to a table which results in more dramatic, aggressive play. His QQ held against KT when all-in pre-flop and he got all the chips.
Phan has over $1.1m in tournament earnings now, largely helped by the $434k he received for winning the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em, in which his A9 rivered an unnecessary but helpful A against Johnny Neckar's QJ on a K784 board when all in pre-flop.