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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | The Works

Glub Glub, Fish From All Over Unite - Day Nineteen Of The WSOP

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11:50 a.m.

I walk into the Rio and even though I don't know what event is kicking off at noon I can tell right away by the number of people milling around in the hallway looking lost and acting like they've never been here before that it is a $1,500 NLHE event. It takes me five minutes to make the walk that normally takes me two minutes as people stare up at screens and talk with their friends.

I get in the Amazon Room and they are playing the well worn out Let's Get It Started. A young, female dealer is dancing in her chair. A middle aged couple walks in and the woman gives her husband a kiss and looks at her registration card to see where her table is. The husband goes to find a place on the rail.

Many people don't like these $1,500 events because of their crap shoot like structures but for many players these events are the Main Event and it is fun to watch the looks on their faces as they settle in to play some poker. Personally, I've only played in 2 WSOP events and both times they were $1,500 events and even though I didn't even make it to the dinner break in either of them, I can remember the two tournaments as if they happened yesterday. Jennifer Tilly even told me how unlucky I was. How cool is that? (Yes, that was meant to be sarcastic)

12:30 p.m.

Tension is running a little high this morning. It is probably due to a multitude of reasons but it probably doesn't help that there are a bunch of suits hovering around because 60 Minutes is filming footage for a piece they are going to be doing. Add in the three weeks of long hours and it's easy to understand why people might be a bit more on edge than they normally are.

I've heard the floor called at least fifty times already this morning in under half an hour. One time, the dealer repeated himself a third time and the floor person snapped and said, “I heard you” as he scurried over to the table, not happy. At another table, a player was bitching to a floor person how it was unfair that they didn't blind out late registrants. The floor person said if he thought it was an advantage to sit out two hours and come in with 3,000 chips with the blinds at 100/200 and other players having 10,000 in chips that he was welcome to do so the next tournament he entered.

There is still some nice going on though. An older gentleman called a guy’s all in bet on the river and flipped over quads. The all in bettor looked and said, “Quads? Nice hand, Sir,” and mucked his hand.

The older guy doesn't even smile, just mutters a soft, “I'm sorry,” to the crippled player.

It was as expected, a bunch of unrecognizable faces with the occasional pro taking up a spot at the table. Some of the clothes and hats that players wear amuse me. What is the appeal of wearing a big black hat with a huge silver dollar emblazoned across the front? Or the lounge singer jacket that looks like it was taken off of Liberace right after he performed a show? Are they begging for attention or is how they normally dress? I'd guess it is the latter.

1:00 p.m.


Phil Hellmuth was only an hour late to the tournament. Little did he know though that they had decided to take a 30 minute break after the first level because of some registration problems they had that they needed to clear up. He could have showed up at 1:30 and been just fine.

9:00 p.m.

I spent most of the afternoon playing a $200+25 Pot Limit Omaha event over at Caesar's Palace. I was chip leader after the 4th level. I was out before the end of the 5th level. You've heard of the Matusow Meltdown? Well this was the Aaron Atomic Bomb. Oops.

I came back and was talking to Dutch Boyd. He was telling me his middle name was Aaron when Doyle Brunson sat down at the table. “Oh wow,” Dutch said. “This is so cool, I've never played with Doyle before.”

Doyle settled into his seat and Dutch mentioned that fact to Doyle and asked him if he would do him a favor. Dutch took out a small book and a pen and asked him if he would autograph it. Even professional poker players are fans of the Godfather of Poker.

Phil Hellmuth doubled up with a full house and started telling his table that they better watch out. He told the media what happened but that wasn't enough for him. Phil looked around the room for someone... anyone... to tell his success story to. He spotted Roland DeWolfe about four tables away and walked over there and shared the story with him. The funny thing is that he went back to his table a couple of times to fold hands dealt to him but made sure to come back to finish the entire story to Roland. I'm sure Roland will sleep better now.

Speaking of sleeping better, when I did my walk through this morning, Theo Tran told me he didn't really want to be here but that he had signed up for the tournament late last night and felt obligated to play it. I watched Tran lose half his stack and expected him to be busto when I came back. Nope, there he is sitting there with a nice stack... not as big as stacks he's had this Series but good enough to put him in contention to make the money.

“I thought you didn't want to be here,” I said to him.

“I still don't, but I keep winning pots,” he told me. He proceeded to win another pot right as I walked off. Knowing Theo he'll probably go on to final table this event.

I bet Huck Seed hates it when he has to play at a full table. With his height, it's hard for him to get his knees under the table. In the Stud 8 event, the tables are eight handed so he at least has room to stretch out.

That's all for today. I'll be back tomorrow with more stories from the tables at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

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