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I Get Four Cards? Sweet! Day Twelve Of The WSOP

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11:45 p.m.

The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event is about to start. I wonder how many players will show up for a low buy in non hold em event. It looks like about 2/3 the Amazon Room is filled so it'll be less than 1,000 players I think. The pigeons are still flying around. I wonder if they've aerial bombed anyone thus far.

12:15 p.m.

How embarrassing is this? I am doing my normal walk through the tournament area and I see a player call Vanessa Selbst's all in bet on the river. The unknown gentleman proudly turns over A-2-4-5 for the nut low. Only one problem; this is Omaha High only. The dealer pushed the pot to Selbst and the guy looks at the dealer and asks, “This isn't Omaha High Low?”

You’d think if you paid $1,500 for an event you would know what you were playing.

Shannon Elizabeth had a nice five minute visit to the Rio today. She sat at a table in front of the media box and when I came back a few minutes later, she was already gone. Scott Clements is down to the final two tables in the $2,000 Omaha High Low Split tournament which will make it difficult for him to defend his title in this event. I didn't see him in the field, so he probably decided to not try and build up the big stack.

1:10 p.m.

Jared Hamby
is pretty easy to spot. Look for an old, faded Baylor hat and you'll see the young poker professional. I asked Jared today if he was ever going to get a new one and he said he had actually been thinking of it. He knows that it's kind of his “trademark” now but it'd look weird seeing a clean hat on top of his head.

4:00 p.m.

Tony G. and Mike Matusow are seated next to one another and having a good time in the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven. This is a television match made in heaven... too bad it's not the final table. After doubling up through Stephen Wolff, Matusow says to Tony, “You have no fear man.”

Tony flashes a grin. Matusow asks Wolff about a prop bet that he had heard a rumor of where Wolff was getting 6:1 to win two bracelets from Phil Ivey. That wasn't the actual bet though as Wolff explained it was 6:1 that either of them would win two bracelets, if one person did they had to pay the other, if neither did it was a wash, and Wolff was getting the 6:1 odds in his favor.

Matusow continued on about some of the prop bets that the pros were making. Ivey betting with Greenstein and Cunningham on winning a bracelet. Is there anyone or anything Ivey won't bet on? Matusow laughs and says, “They are all living on Fantasy Island. You can go ten years without winning a bracelet. They are going to start going 'huh, my kings are no good against ace five' and wonder what happened to them.”

The sickest bet Matusow said was the one Ted Forrest made with Howard Lederer. Forrest is getting 30:1 on his money but he faces a nearly impossible feat as he has to cash nine times at the Series to win. The record is eight. Matusow asked Lederer, who was at the other table what he thought the true odds of cashing nine times were and Lederer said about 300:1. Forrest got his first cash today; he has a ways to go.

6:00 p.m.

From the looks of it, Pot Limit Omaha, especially the $1,500 variety, might be the easiest tournament to cash in here. Just fold every hand and you're almost in the money. 759 players started today and they are already down to 162 six hours into the tournament (and if you count all the breaks, it's really five levels into it).

One thing I've noticed is that there are certain professionals who will only play the lower buy in events and leave the higher buy in events to the so called superstars. I understand this. I think one of the problems poker players have after they win a lot of money is that they want to prove they belong. They feel that they have to play in the biggest games, even if it is a game where they are at a clear disadvantage. This is how poker players go broke. Bankroll management might be the most neglected skill set poker players have.

The Deuce to Seven is down to three tables and the railbirds are hovering over that area two to three deep, taking pictures of as many of the big names that are left as they can. Doyle Brunson's table is right in plain view and he seems to be the favorite target for the cell phone picture takers.

6:20 p.m.

Phil Ivey is at a table right in front of the press box. Guess what's on the big screen right in front of him. Yep, you guessed it, game 3 of the NBA Finals. He's seated next to “Crazy” Marco Johnson, a well known Internet professional and his eyes take fleeting glances to check the score. I can't help but think that Ivey isn't bringing his “A” game thus far this Series. The other day he just flung chips into the pot with reckless abandon as if he didn't care whether he won or lost. It seems he's more concerned with prop and sports bets than he is with poker. I was talking with a well known professional player whose name will remain anonymous and he told me that if Ivey keeps this up he's going to end up broke. A shame really because when he's on top of his game, he truly is one of the greats of all time.

That's all for today. Back tomorrow for more poker fun.

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