Commentary

Another Win for Parker

Updated: June 12, 2009, 11:24 AM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 18 | Event 20

For the second time in four days Brock Parker sat behind a mound of WSOP-branded chips with a smile. Simply amazed, Parker was handed his second WSOP bracelet after winning Event 19, the $2,500 six-handed no-limit hold 'em event.

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Courtesy of IMPDI 2009Brock Parker is the first double bracelet winner at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

"I can't describe this," said Parker. "This is just unreal. It actually does not feel real to me."

Parker earned $552,745 for the victory which put him over the $1 million dollar mark in lifetime WSOP earnings. He became the 125th player to accomplish the feat, but the 27-year-old online superstar is far from done. There's still 37 more events to go and judging by his motivation to get back to the felt, he'll be quite busy for the next few weeks.

"I went out and I ate and went home and tried to sleep-- and I couldn't," Parker reflected on what he's been doing over the last four days. "So, I woke up with no sleep and played this tournament. Then, it was until 1 a.m. the first day and until 3 a.m. the second day … I haven't had much time to do much else other than sleep and play poker."

Both of Parker's victories come in a six-handed variant. The first was limit hold 'em while this event was no-limit. In either case, Parker enjoys the short-handed format better as it allows him to play more hands and open up his game.

"I like to play more hands," he said. "Playing nine-handed is pretty boring. I guess six-handed gets more motivated because I get to play in a lot of pots."

Staying focused was a challenge for Parker, but unlike Event 14 when he had the audience cheering for Daniel Negreanu, the crowd was simply wondering if Parker could do it again. With this victory over 1,102 players, Parker now sits at the top of the Player of the Year standings.

"I'm excited for 'Player of the Year,'" he said. "I want to try for that, for sure. Especially now that they are making a big deal out of it."

There has been a double-bracelet winner every year since 1999, but can Parker join Phil Ivey's run in 2002 and win a third? There's only one thing for sure: he'll be playing in the next tournament he can.

Other notable finishers include Men Nguyen (16th), Blair Hinkle (26th) and Erick Lindgren (29th).

Below are the complete results of Event 19:

Event 19: Six-handed no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries: 1,103
Prize pool: $2,456,400
Players in the money: 108

1. Brock Parker ($552,745)
2. Joseph Serock ($341,783)
3. Russell Crane ($220,633)
4. Jesse Rios ($148,661)
5. Alexander Wilson ($104,323)
6. Clayton Newman ($76,123)
7. James Sudworth ($54,777)
8. Brian Meinders ($54,777)
9. Jay Kinkade ($39,376)
10. Alex Ivarsson ($39,376)
11. Brian Friesen ($28,297)
12. Yariv Levi ($28,297)
13. Motoyuki Mabuchi ($20,117)
14. James Bord ($20,117)
15. Steven Levy ($20,117)
16. Men Nguyen ($20,117)
17. Nikolai Yakovenko ($20,117)
18. Stanislav Alekhin ($20,117)
19. Rory Duncan ($14,394)
20. Andrew Rennhack ($14,394)
21. Claudio Rinaldi ($14,394)
22. Stella Su ($14,394)
23. Brett Switzer ($14,394)
24. Kenna James ($14,394)
25. Eugene Katchalov ($11,839)
26. Blair Hinkle ($11,839)
27. Jussi Nevanlinna ($11,839)
28. Laurence Houghton ($11,839)
29. Erick Lindgren ($11,839)
30. Howard Lederer ($11,839)
31. Kyle Rowe ($10,366)
32. Daniel Zink ($10,366)
33. Michael Judge ($10,366)
34. Lennart Konst ($10,366)
35. Craig Boyd ($10,366)
36. Sasha Rosewood ($10,366)
37. Russell Carson ($9,186)
38. Jasper Wetemans ($9,186)
39. Adam Fyshe ($9,186)
40. Jeff Manthe ($9,186)
41. Andrew Schultz ($9,186)
42. Richard Fuller ($9,186)
43. Tomislav Gusic ($8,253)
44. Matthew Wood ($8,253)
45. Joshua Mammon ($8,253)
46. William Gottman ($8,253)
47. Jason Pecht ($8,253)
48. Jeff Garza ($8,253)
49. Bill Edler ($7,418)
50. John Kincaid ($7,418)
51. Stuart Marshak ($7,418)
52. Wade Woelfel ($7,418)
53. Shaun Deeb ($7,418)
54. Adam Croffut ($7,418)
55. Terrence Chan ($6,656)
56. Tim Begley ($6,656)
57. Anthony Venturini ($6,656)
58. Ben Bianco ($6,656)
59. Benny Chen ($6,656)
60. Cort Kibler-Melby ($6,656)
61. Chris Klodnicki ($5,993)
62. Jason Dreibelbis ($5,993)
63. Michael Mixer ($5,993)
64. Joe McGowan ($5,993)
65. Thorstein Schuler ($5,993)
66. Steven Graham ($5,993)
67. Ye Lynn ($5,404)
68. Layne Flack ($5,404)
69. Carder England ($5,404)
70. Richard Cleveland ($5,404)
71. Thomas Gabriel ($5,404)
72. Mihail Stoykov ($5,404)
73. Kenneth Shei ($5,404)
74. Brett Fox ($5,404)
75. Joseph Udine ($5,404)
76. Bradley Marsh ($5,404)
77. David Belhumeur ($5,404)
78. Ian Kim ($5,404)
79. Jaques Zaicik ($4,863)
80. Brant Faulkner ($4,863)
81. Steve Morra ($4,863)
82. Tim Seidensticker ($4,863)
83. Johannes Strassmann ($4,863)
84. Vadim Shlez ($4,863)
85. Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz ($4,863)
86. John Snipes ($4,863)
87. Adam Levy ($4,863)
88. Anthony Cousineau ($4,863)
89. Evgeny Serebryakov ($4,863)
90. Seth Fischer ($4,863)
91. Daniel Harmetz ($4,372)
92. Nasr Elnasr ($4,372)
93. Eric Blair ($4,372)
94. Anthony Utnage ($4,372)
95. Joshua Smith ($4,372)
96. Noah Bronstein ($4,372)
97. Rob Sterken ($4,372)
98. Mark Hanna ($4,372)
99. Steven Gross ($4,372)
100. Neil Channing ($4,372)
101. Caywood Vanstratum ($4,372)
102. Richard Robb ($4,372)
103. Marco Traniello ($4,372)
104. Aaron Kaiser ($4,372)
105. Rodeen Talebi ($4,372)
106. Nicolas Walters ($4,372)
107. Daniel Buzgon ($4,372)
108. Martin Hruby ($4,372)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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