June 9, 2012 -
Another Philadelphia-area poker player, Matt Glantz of Lafayette Hill, made a deep run in the World Series of Poker this weekend.
Glantz finished 7th and won more than $40,000 in the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-handed event that drew more than 1,600 players. It was the 16th of 61 tournaments being played at the Rio casino in Las Vegas through mid-July.
Glantz joined Ardmore doctor David Arsht (1st), Northeast Philadelphia’s Amanda Musumeci (2nd) and South Philly native Al Barbieri who now lives in California (3rd) in outstanding WSOP performances so far. Still, another Pennsylvania player, Brian Hastings of Hanover Township near Wilkes-Barre, won a championship bracelet late in the week.
Glantz is a highly regarded member of the poker community with more than $4 million in recorded live tournament earnings.
He tweeted this after finishing 7th—“After my first ever 7th place finish in WSOP today I now have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 6th & 7th.”
Here’s how Glantz’ final hand played out, according to WSOP reports.
Matt Glantz shoved his last 600,000 in with A-K, and was called by Ramey Shaio, who held Q-Q. This race would determine the chip lead, and it went from a race to a demolition when the flop came 2-4-Q. Shaio’s rail exploded, as Glantz was simply left shaking his head. The turn was the 8, leaving Glantz drawing dead. The meaningless river was the 3, and Glantz bubbled the official final table.