Professional poker writer and shaky-handed amateur photographer Haley Hintze captures people and scenes from the second week of action at the 2021 World Series of Poker.
Jake Schwartz puts up $1,000 to enter one of the first Event #20 Flip & Go satellites, then wins it after catching a three on the river to make an unlikely two-pair winning hand, nines and threes. Schwartz was the sixth person to lock up a spot and a guaranteed cash in the event.
Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright has taken to carrying a big purse — a really, really big purse — when she goes somewhere to play poker these days. It’s partly because of the pandemic, she explained. The auxiliary shops and services are shut down at so many casinos and cardrooms right now that if she needs something, it might not be available on the property. So she brings everything she might need or want during that day’s many hours of play. Whatever she wants might be on the bottom, but it’s in there… somewhere.
The calm before the storm. Seven players remain at this juncture at Monday’s final table of Event #19, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. An hour or two later, Phil Hellmuth (second from left) erupts in a controversial tirade of F-bombs and more after eventual winner Anthony Zinno (second from right) chases him down in a big pot.
Prominent musician and sound engineer Steve Albini is known for his work in Shellac and other groups. In 2018, he showed up at the WSOP for the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and won it. He made another deep run in the same event this year, finishing ninth. Albini has also rocked perhaps the most eclectic t-shirt collection seen at this year’s WSOP.
More Monday controversy. Here, Thomas Hammers explains to his new tablemates why he decided to enter the Ladies Championship. Hammers busted after two hours at the table.
Lupe Soto and Jeanne David await the start of Event #27, $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. David, a retired PokerStars executive, had her own Flip & Go tale to tell. She rarely plays no-limit hold’em, but she entered one of the $1,000 “flipaments” on a whim and won it on her first try, just like Jake Schwartz (above). Then she ran deep in the event, ultimately posting a 46th-place cash. Poor David Williams, by comparison, entered 19 of the luck-based $1,000 flips before finally winning one.
Dealers are in their chairs and bagged chips await the players a short time before the Day 2 restart in Event 18, $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball.
Poker.org’s own Chris “Fox” Wallace grinds away on Day 1 of Event #23, the $1,500 Eight-Game Mix 6-Handed. Fox is also a highly skilled photographer, as you’ll see in the coming weeks.
All images source: Haley Hintze