NEWS FLASH:    Luis Velador Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 33
 
Southern California Poker Pro Earns Second WSOP Victory
 
 
Luis Velador (a.k.a. Jose-Luis Velador) was the winner of the $2,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker.  This marked his second career WSOP gold bracelet victory.  Velador won his first WSOP victory in 2008 when he came out on top in a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.

Velador is a 46-year-old poker pro from Lake Elsinore, CA.  He topped a highly-competitive field of 482 players.  Velador collected $260,552 for first place.  With this victory, Velador now has nine career cashes and $903,073 in combined WSOP earnings.  Both times he made it to the final table of a WSOP tournament, he ended up as the champion.

The runner up was another former gold bracelet winner, four-time champ David Chiu.  The Las Vegas poker pro played a solid game, but could not overcome a 4 to 1 chip disadvantage when heads-up play began.

The top 45 finishers collected prize money.  Aside from Velador and Chiu, who made it to the final table, former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Burt Boutin (10th), Joshua Tieman (11th), Phil Ivey (12th), John Kabbaj (17th), Steve Zolotow (33rd), Jeffrey Lisandro (42nd), and Chris Reslock (43rd).

Phil Ivey’s 12th-place finish was his third cash this year.  This finish places him in the top 25 all-time in WSOP career cashes.  He is currently tied with Allen Cunningham for 23rd place.  Both players now have 41 cashes.

Steve Zolotow’s 33rd-place finish gives him 40 for his career, which places him in 25th place all-time.  Mickey Appleman falls to 26th-place.

Jeffrey Lisandro, the 2009 “Player of the Year,” cashed for the second time at this year’s WSOP.

A full report of this event will be posted shortly.

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