Pokercast Episode 324 - WSOP Main Event, Olivier Busquet & Brandon Cantu
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - On the Pokercast this week: It's Main Event time and Mike and Adam tackle the most anticipated poker tournament of the year from every angle. Discussion topics include the $10m first place guarantee, this years turnout and payout structure plus the biggest stories from the early stages of the tournament including an outrageously drunken competitor, an incredible early start for Phil Ivey, some unlikely table draws for former champs, and the possibility of Chris Moneymaker cashing in the event for the first time since his landmark win in 2003. The guys are joined by high stakes pro and poker TV commentator Olivier Busquet who discusses his world series, the transition from SNGs to MTTs, why so many high stakes poker players are getting buffed these days and the fallout from the media firestorm surrounding his friend Dan Colman's decision to avoid media exposure after winning The Big One For One Drop. The guys also track down Brandon Cantu in between cash game sessions at Bellagio to chat about his controversial summer at the WSOP as well, the emotional and financial roller-coaster ride he's endured since Black Friday including some massive 7 figure swings in Chinese Poker. Lee Jones of PokerStars joins the show to give his thoughts on the passing of Chad Brown and discussing a couple of upcoming VIP Live events. The Pokercast Invitational password is given out somewhere in the episode.
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Best known on the felt for his intense focus and relentless competitiveness, Olivier Busquet has been one of the most dominant poker players both online and in live tournaments over the past few years. He is a consistent winner specializing in high stakes heads-up Sit N Go tournaments. In 2009 he took down the Borgata Poker Open taking home $925,514 for his efforts. Learn more about Olivier Busquet
Lee Jones has been involved in the commercial poker industry for over 20 years, beginning his career as an amateur player at the Garden City and Bay 101 poker clubs in San Jose, California. In 2003, Lee was named poker room manager for PokerStars and currently works in the Home Games division. In 1994, he wrote Winning Low Limit Hold’em, still considered a must read for any new Limit Hold'em player. Learn more about Lee Jones