Monday Headlines

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a high roller taking a casino for millions, then you probably know that Don Johnson of Bensalem Pa. lived the dream as he took a total of about $15 million off A.C. casinos over about four months, including about $5.8 million off the Tropicana.

Sometimes the 'whale' wins

Sometimes the 'whale' wins

The New York Post has a great report on Johnson’s 12-hour marathon blackjack session at the Trop.

As you might expect, he played multiple hands at his own private table and asked for, and got, a $100,000 limit per hand. Normally, it’s $50,000.

You can read the report here.

In some WSOP news, while its not as fun as watching LeBron James lose, there’s always a lot of people who like to see Phil Helmuth take one on the chin.

John Juanda bested Helmuth, winning his fifth WSOP bracelet in a $10,000, 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.

If you’ve never played this variation of lowball, it’s pretty wild.

The event only drew 126 players, (it was a $10K buy-in after all) several of which were known pros.

In the end it came down to Juanda and Helmuth and Juanda took the $367,170 first prize. reports that not only did Juanda piss Helmuth off with aggressive play, he denied him a 12th WSOP Bracelet and ironically passed him on the all-time tournament money list with the win (fifth place).

Maria Ho

Maria Ho

And finally, props to Maria Ho, who often plays here in A.C.  She won $540,000 for a second place finish at a WSOP $5K No Limit event.

That’s the highest cash by a woman ever at the WSOP.

“I always have high expectations for the World Series but this year felt different,” says Ho. “In the last seven months I’ve made three final tables in pretty major events so I came into this WSOP with my confidence at an all-time high.”

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