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Three Strikes and You're Out – Day 24 Of The WSOP

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12:00 p.m.

We're officially past the half way point of the WSOP now. Today is another one of those quiet starts, as the only event going is the $2,500 Deuce to Seven Limit Triple Draw. This event won't top 200 participants but contains many of the bigger named professionals because they know it's a good opportunity to get a WSOP cash and/or bracelet.

In triple draw, a player gets three opportunities to draw cards to improve their hand (or in the case of triple draw to make it worse). Because of this, it is possible to run out of cards in which case the dealer would have to shuffle up the muck to deal out cards to the remaining players. The tournament director cautioned players not to show their discards, which while commonplace in cash games is not allowed here.

A dad and his three young kids (all under the age of ten) walked into the Amazon Room and were quickly stopped by a rent a cop. “No kids allowed,” she said. The dad grabbed his kids hands and turned them around with no objection. Personally, I don't see what's so wrong with letting kids in to watch a little bit of the action, it's not like they're gambling or anything. How else can we get the next Phil Ivey or Daniel Negreanu if we don't get the younger generation involved? My only concern would be the youngsters getting trampled on a break.

David Benyamine is all smiles this early afternoon and well he should be considering he won his first WSOP bracelet yesterday. Benyamine was telling Billy Baxter and Toto Leonidas that he actually lost money by winning a bracelet because he had bets that said he would do well but if he won it would cost him. “I went from nearly 200K up in bets to only up 45K,” he said. That brings up an interesting dilemma... if you had a 500K bet with someone that you would lose if you won a bracelet and the difference between 1st and 2nd was 250K, would you want to win or lose? For Benyamine, the bracelet was more important.

I noticed Gavin Smith was sans beard now. I guess he couldn't take it any longer and decided to pay up. Either that or someone else in his no shave last longer bet gave in and he was allowed to shave.


2:15 p.m.


This security guard is trying to keep people out during the break and they keep finding ways in. She starts waving her hands, clearly frustrated, and stops people from going in one way. While she's doing this, about ten others come in a different door. She runs over there to stop them from coming in and they start coming in yet another door that someone had opened. It was like watching a Chaplin movie, I'm surprised the poor girl didn't have a heart attack.

3:00 p.m.

The 2nd day of the $1,500 has gotten underway and in a period of ten minutes I witnessed fourteen donkey plays and twenty river suck outs. OK, so maybe it wasn't that bad but there is some interesting action going on. One kid insta-called an all in for about 3/4th of his stack with nothing but a straight draw. He hit the straight draw on the river and proceeded to act as if he had made a genius play and was the next Phil Hellmuth.

How come when players get it all in on a coin flip and the A-K or A-Q hits their card on the river, the player with the pocket pair feels like they received a bad beat? The whole concept behind a coin flip is seeing all five cards. That is why I usually close my eyes and wait until I hear chips being pushed in one direction or the other.

4:10 p.m.


I'm coming back from the bathroom and this group of frat boys (at least that's what they looked like) walk by the Sapphire booth. One of the kids makes a quick u-turn and starts to grab some free drink coupons out of this bucket and asks the girl manning the booth how many he could have. “Take as many as you want,” she told him. He grabbed every single card in the bucket, at least 100 of them, and took off with a big grin on his face. He caught up with his friends and said “dudes, f*** this, let's go pound beers and watch naked women.” I'd say only in Vegas but I've seen that in towns of 300 before, so I'll just say more often in Vegas.

5:40 p.m.


At about 4:30 p.m. Lee Watkinson was eliminated from the $2,000 PLHE final table in 5th place. He collected a nice payday of over 60K for his final table finish. What do you think Lee did? He didn't go home and have a relaxing night off. He didn't go out and party with his friends and family. Nope, he signed up for the 5 p.m. $1,500 Mixed Hold Em event and is having a go at it as I write this. Gotta love poker players, they could play for ten days straight and if they busted out they'd go look for another game to get into (I'm speaking from personal experience here).

6:35 p.m.


Popular and well liked professional Chris Bell is heads up at the $2,000 PLHE final table. He is being sweated by a number of pro's including Layne Flack and Peter Feldman. Flack and Feldman are killing time in between hands playing some type of game requiring a lot more than 5 cards. In between watching Bell and playing cards, Flack is asking ESPN 360 broadcaster Erin to do a leg switch real quick. She's wearing a very short skirt, laughed at Flack, and left. I guess that was a “NO!” Layne.

That's going to be all for me today. I'll be back tomorrow with more observations from beyond the felt.

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