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Two Outer On The River – Day Thirteen Of The WSOP

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11:30 a.m.

After I submitted my report last night, I went over the the No Limit Deuce to Seven tournament to watch the star studded final three tables as they were on the bubble. Eric from No Limit Management was there watching his client, Michael Binger, as he desperately tried to survive. I know a few of the player agent's and Eric is probably around more supporting his clients than the rest of them. While we were watching, Shannon Elizabeth (who is a client of his), came up and told him she was worried about being able to get into the 10K heads up tournament because it was capped at 256 players. Eric picked up the phone, made a call, and after he hung up handed Shannon a couple 5K chips and about $2,500 so she could go register for the heads up tournament and the 3K H.O.R.S.E. event. “Guess I'll have to go to my box now,” Eric laughed as Shannon walked off. Shannon will be representing Doyle's Room in Friday's $10,000 Heads Up tournament. Will she be able to repeat her success from the NBC Heads Up event from a couple years ago?

I then had a long conversation with Lee Childs and Nick Brancato, two WPT boot camp instructors and respected poker professionals. Lee went deep in last year’s Main Event, finishing in 7th place. We talked about a topic near and dear to all of us... teaching people to play poker. Lee was telling me about his new website and how he'd been spending the majority of his time lately teaching people to play poker. Lee plans on playing five to ten events while he is here. The thing that impressed me about Lee was that as I was leaving to get some work done he called out to me by my name (we'd just met) and gave me his card and told me to keep in touch.

12:10 p.m.

Jeff Madsen was a late registrant and is sitting at a table by himself. I walk over to Jeff and say, “I always knew you liked to play with yourself.”

Jeff laughed and responded, “If the dealer would give me cards, I'd raise.” Madsen joked about staring down the empty chair to get a tell off of him. He must have played with Vinnie Vinh before. It looks like it's going to be a good sized field for the $5,000 NLHE, I'd guess at least 650-700 if not more, and there are still stragglers coming in as I write this.

12:45 p.m.

I ran into Matt “Cub” Culberson playing in the tournament. I first met Cub in Tunica at the World Poker Open as he won an event there and made it deep in the Main Event. He looked as if he hadn't slept in about two days but he was excited to be playing. Good player, it'll be interesting to see how he does on the biggest stage in poker.

Speaking of looking as if they haven't slept in about two days, Gavin Smith and Theo Tran are both talking about how they had little to no sleep last night. “Hell, I'm still drunk,” Gavin said.

The way he was acting silly and how ragged he looked, I believe him. How would you like to be at this table? Theo Tran, Marco Traniello, Jeff Madsen, and Gavin Smith. The table is loaded because they all registered late and randomness goes out the window when that happens. One of the reasons to not register late.

I witnessed a couple of two outers on the river in my walk through the tournament floor. The first was when Michael Banducci called a flop and turn bet with pocket 9's on a J-x-x-Q board and hit a 9 on the river. His opponent flipped his kings over, angry, and looked at Banducci as if he'd just kidnapped his children. The second one was with two unknown players on an A-4-7-K board. The players flipped over their cards... pocket 4's for one gentleman and A-K for the other.

“I folded a king,” a player said.

“I folded an ace,” another player added.

The river was a king. The man with the 4's looked crushed, a grimace came over his face. He wasn't out but the two outer put him on the verge of elimination.

Walking by Devilfish's table I noticed he has a terrible case of plumber's butt. I would have taken a picture of it but I didn't want you all to lose your lunch.

5:45 p.m.

Different tournaments going on throughout the room. It's a little confusing and I have to check my bearings to figure out which game is which. In one corner, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. has taken off and it's a strong field. In another corner, they are playing down to the final table in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha and are down to three tables. The $5,000 Deuce to Seven is occupying the “feature” table adjacent to the PLO tournament and the rail is three to four deep as people try and catch a glimpse of the star studded final table.

The $2,000 Limit Hold Em is still a few hours away from making the money as 45 get paid and they have 75 players left. Daniel Negreanu is chatting it up with his table mates making up imaginary gang names for where people are from and talking about how Vietnamese women are strong limit hold em players but Vietnamese men, not so much. The rest of the room is filled with the $5,000 NLHE which hasn't quite lost half the field yet. More chips = long for people to bust out.

I talked with Kathy Liebert who is playing in that event. She told me she squeaked into the money yesterday in the $1,500 PLO tournament which gives her 26 career cashes. “I'm only something like $20,000 behind Annie in career WSOP winnings,” she told me. Kathy was in a good mood because she had just won a big pot where she turned a full house with pocket fours and winning a sizable pot.

Tomorrow, a new event will take place... a mixed Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Hold Em event. That should be a fun one to watch. Another $2,000 NLHE will also get underway. I'll be back then with more sights and sounds from the World Series of Poker.

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