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

Runner-Runner Redraws – Day 21 of The WSOP

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2:00 p.m.

I start off watching the restart to the $1,500 PLO with rebuys event. I have one thing to say. Shallow money PLO is not for the faint of heart. In the matter of ten minutes I saw the following:

Clonie Gowen
get it all in with another player. Both of them held aces. Clonie's other two cards were Q-8 and her opponent's other two card's were pocket 6's. A 6 flopped and Gowen shipped 40K over to her opponent. She shrugged her shoulders as if to say what could I do and tried to make it seem like it didn't bother her, but it was obvious it did.

Tony Hartmann called a short stack’s all in with A-A-x-x. His opponent had Q-J-10-x with hearts. The flop was a scary one for Hartmann but he was still in the lead as it came K-7-2 with two hearts. The turn was a nine of spades. The river was a ten giving his opponent a straight.

Kevin O'Donnell got it all in with another player. Both of them had flopped the nut straight on a rainbow board. It came runner-runner hearts to give O'Donnell a flush. The kicker was his opponent also had two hearts but his flush was smaller. He looked crushed as he stood up, busting out just before the money.

Like I said... not for the faint of heart.

4:30 p.m.

I know I've said this before with the $1,500 tournaments but I spent 15 minutes walking through the tournament area and I was lucky if I recognized twenty people out of the 1,000 or so remaining players. Where do all these people come from on a Thursday afternoon? I had to hurry up to the media area before I got trampled as they just went on break. This is the one time of the day that I don't dare try and visit the bathroom, or go get a drink or bite to eat.

6:00 p.m.

I decided to watch the bubble in the PLO tournament and it is amazing how much people let making a little cashola affect their game. While I understand that it's nice to get your buy in back, the key to success in tournament poker isn't making a small profit; it's making it deep and getting the big payday. Ted Forrest was pounding on the short stacks, seeing as many flops as he could and putting players to the test for most of their stack post-flop.

The biggest mistake I saw, however, was Clonie Gowen who flopped top set on a 9-5-3 board. Clonie only had about 30-40K behind her and instead of jamming the flop against an opponent with a similar stack, she just called. The turn was an ace and it went check, check. The river was a 2 and Clonie called a 15K bet from her opponent who turned over 6-4-x-x for a straight. I can't guarantee that he would have folded if Clonie had jammed the flop but he had been playing pretty tight and I can't imagine that he would have been willing to go broke or get crippled by just a straight draw. Additionally, if she was just going to call the flop bet and the board doesn't pair with multiple straight possibilities on the river, she should have saved herself the 15K. Clonie went on to make the money, but any chance she had of winning the tournament was gone after that hand.

The king of just making the money has to be Nikolay Evdakov who cashed as well in the PLO tournament. This is Evdakov's 7th cash of the WSOP and he is very proficient at getting close to the final table but coming up short. He has finished 14th, 13th, 24th, 30th, and 12th thus far and has cashed for over $175,000. One more cash and he will tie the record of eight, and with two more he will surpass it.

7:15 p.m.

The guy from Full Tilt that deals with handing out patches and promotional gear to professional players reminds me of a drug dealer. When you walk into the Rio, he's standing on the corner adjacent to the tournament area looking at people walking by. I can almost envision him saying “Pssst, Buddy, whatcha looking for?” The little things that amuse me (and probably only me).

How boring are limit events? They are even boring for the players. Justin Bonomo is napping in between hands and one player has a book propped up behind his chips and is reading it when he is not involved in a hand.

One side note before I wrap things up for the day. Annie Duke with her 5th place finish in the Stud 8 event has retaken the lead from Kathy Liebert for lifetime winnings in the WSOP by a woman.

And that, as they say in Tinsel Town, is a wrap.

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