The 2014 World Series of Poker marks the 25th anniversary of Phil Hellmuth winning the Main Event. Everyone knows that he defeated Johnny Chan in heads-up play to keep the "Orient Express" from winning his third Main Event in a row, but do you know who came in third?
That would be Don Zewin, who actually finished runner-up to Hellmuth in this very event back in 2012 when the "Poker Brat" won his 12th bracelet.
"It was exciting, but when the end result isn’t first place, it’s just a huge letdown," Zewin previously told PokerNews in an interview. "Everybody was aware Johnny Chan was going for his third title in a row, but I was really tuned in that year, and I wasn’t intimidated at all. When you get that deep in that particular tournament, you’re just tuned in and nothing is really going to rile you."
The 2014 WSOP also marks the 25th anniversary of Frank Henderson's one and only bracelet win. It was at the 20th Annual World Series of Poker that he took down Event #4 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/ rebuys for $184,000. All told the former electrical engineer has amassed 36 cashes for $825,076.
Both Zewin and Henderson are in action today and seated at the same table along with Marco Johnson, who won a gold bracelet last year.
In a recent hand, a player brought it in with a and Zewin raised to 50 showing a . Henderson then made it 100 with a , Johnson called showing a , and player that brought it in folded. Zewin called and three players went off to fourth street.
Zewin: / ()
Henderson: / /
Johnson: (x-x) / fold
Henderson bet 50 on fourth, both his opponents called, and then a bet followed on fifth. Again both Johnson and Zewin called, and then Henderson bet 100 on sixth. Johnson folded, Zewin called, and Henderson bet another 100 in the dark, which Zewin called without hesitation.
Henderson showed that he had a seven-five low, which beat Zewin's seven-six low.
"I was drawing dead," Zewin said. Indeed he had been.