Sister Silvers is a retired used car dealer from New Orleans. She left in 2000, heading to the quaint bayou town of Carencro. Carencro is a town of 6,776 with a rich history of Native American tribes and Acadian living. "Don't say good luck," Silvers said. "Say have a good time, because that's what I'm here to do." The sister was up to $30k heading into the dinner break, and she was indeed having a fine and dandy time.
Helena Gannon, a qualifier from London's Gutshot Poker Club, held on through the day and into the night. She always looked in need of some water and luck, so I worked hard to bring her both through the day. She's already been blessed with plenty of luck, and she brought reminders from her son Christopher. In a plastic sleeve she kept under her leg was a single sheet of paper with scribbled wishes from a young boy. "Good luck Mum, try your best. I love you." Gannon has to play with confidence through the tournament, as she's already a big winner. Everything that comes from here is just a big bonus.
Bruce Robbins brought a posse with him from Indiana: his wife Ginalee was sweating him, as was his brother Rob and Rob's son Kelly. Bruce often makes the forty-minute drive to play in Rob's home game, a NLHE tournament with a $10 buy-in, $25 if they want to feel like high rollers. They start with $800 in chips, so the $10k here must seem like a huge stack. Bruce, Rob, and Kelly are playing in the Main Event, but these are no online qualifiers. Bruce sold his company earlier this year, and he decided that the three of them should play in the World Series of Poker. So Bruce paid the $30k, and the three of them will take their shot. Rob plays on Saturday, and Kelly takes a seat on Monday. "Bruce has been doing well except for a couple of tough beats," said Rob. "He lost a good stack of chips when he had pocket queens. The flop came Q-K-7, and a 7 hit on the turn. The other guy had pocket kings." There are many loved ones who are living and dying every hand, but there can't be any railbirds pulling as hard as Rob is for his brother.