Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Ron “The Carolina Express” Stanley, 70, was one of the most feared players in the game. In fact, he even went toe-to-toe with the legendary Stu Ungar at the final table of the 1997 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. It was there that Stanley donned a tuxedo while playing in the intense Las Vegas heat on Fremont Street.
Stanley, who has been playing poker for a living for “at least 50 years,” was recently spotted at the 2022 WSOP and was kind enough to chat with PokerNews.
“My dad used to play poker and he’d take me to the games when I was a kid,” he said about how he learned poker in the first place. “I was watching and it got pretty interesting. He was pretty good at it and I picked it up from him. It’s in my blood I guess.”
While he hasn’t had any major tournament scores since before the Poker Boom, Stanley is still on the grind.
“I play poker 5-6 days a week at least, mostly cash games,” he said. “In Vegas, I mostly play at South Point, but I’ve been in South Carolina for six months playing a lot of home games.”
Players will take to the virtual felt for their last opportunity to win a gold bracelet in the 13th and final online World Series of Bracelet event on the summer. Hundreds will be hoping to save their summer and end their WSOP on a high.
Last years winner was Brad "1badcajun" Zusman who won the bracelet and $79,683 by defeating the field of 917 entrants which generated a prize pool of $412,650 prize pool. It was Zusman's first career bracelet.
2021 WSOP Event #31: $500 NLH Summer Saver
Brad "1badcajun" Zusman
Mark "victb" Ioli
Josh "YoelRomero" King
Jeff "bortzork" Miller
Jason "TheBigGift" Gooch
Orson "borgatcha" Young
Conrad "KerriP" Simpson
Jeremy "g00sebumps" Menard
David "dave419" Nodes
The WSOP.com lobby currently shows 100 players registered for this tournament an hour before the start, including the likes of Joseph “melonhead” Bartholdi, Chris “BetURaise” Brewer, and Brandon “DrOctagon” Adams.
Players begin with 20,000 chips. Levels last 15 minutes, with a five-minute break every 55 minutes past the hour. Players are allowed up to three re-entries during the tournament until late registration closes at 8:15 p.m. local time for their last chance to win a WSOP gold bracelet this summer.
PokerNews will be following all the action and providing live updates throughout the day until a new champion is crowned.
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