Two Tennesseans Nearly Win World Series Of Poker Online Bracelet Gold

Josh Ray has now compiled more than $100,000 in cashes in the online poker series
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Poker players hailing from the state of Tennessee are continuing to do very well in the ongoing World Series of Poker Online bracelet series.

Joshua Ray, who hails from Chattanooga, added to his impressive results in the series on Friday, July 16 by finishing sixth in Event No. 15, a $5,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em with no re-entries. There were 188 players. He cashed for $47,000, with the winner, Justin Saliba of Las Vegas, taking $253,800.

The cash was the fourth of the series for Ray, whose closest call thus far was a third place in Event No. 5, a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, for just under $60,000. There were 459 entries.

According to data complied by the Hendon Mob website, Ray is among the top 50 most successful tournament poker players who have ever come from the state of Tennessee. The leader remains poker pro Kathy Liebert with about $6.4 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Ray has more than $350,000, and is into six figures now in this WSOP online series alone.

Ray the star so far, but others doing well

Troy Lee of Millington has also had a strong series. Over this past weekend, he finished sixth in Event No. 17, a $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max event, for $12,636. The event generated a whopping 1,125 entries, with 747 unique players.

The tournament was also Lee’s fourth cash of the series.

Other Tennesseans who have cashed in the series include Matthew Borondy of Crossville and Justin Sharpe of Memphis.

As of Tuesday, the series was on its 20th event of 33 scheduled through the end of July.

The main event of the series is a $1,000 no-limit hold’em tournament that kicks off on July 31.

To play, poker players from Tennessee have to be in a state where the WSOP can legally operate online: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, or Pennsylvania. Tennessee has not formally considered legalizing online poker.

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