Paul Pierce eliminated in WSOP
July, 11, 2014
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Paul Pierce made a remarkable run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Day 3 at setback is a setup for a comeback WSOP here I come pic.twitter.com/6BsCdtPMIM— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 10, 2014
But his dreams of cashing were squashed early Friday morning, when he was eliminated just shy of the money.
According to ESPN.com’s poker expert Andrew Feldman, Pierce finished in around 800th place. The top 693 finishers get paid.
Nevertheless, Pierce has nothing to be ashamed of. This year’s tournament field featured 6,683 entrants, and the future Hall of Fame forward, who played last season with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly made it to Day 4 in the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.
Pierce was ousted in tough fashion. He went all-in with a board of A-J-3-6-4. Pierce held A-4, two pair, but his opponent, after thinking for a few minutes, called and showed A-J, top two pair. (You can find more details here).
According to WSOP.com, Pierce uttered “Damn!” as he saw his opponent’s hand and revealed his own. He received a nice applause from the rail, which had grown as the days went on, and said, “Good run!” before exiting.
Pierce ultimately played 28 hours of poker without making any money. But don’t worry. He’ll be OK financially. $10,000 to Pierce, who made $15,333,334 in 2013-14, is the equivalent of $32.61 to a person who makes $50,000 a year.
As Feldman pointed out, a minimum cash is $18,406. Pierce would’ve made that in 2 1/2 minutes of playing time on the court last season.
The poker community certainly took to Pierce’s run. He frequently received massages, which cost between $1-3 a minute plus tip.
Pierce can now fully turn his attention to free agency -- when he further can increase his bankroll.