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

667th Is The Same As 6,844th - Day 3 Of The WSOP Main Event

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11:25 a.m.

They let the players in early today. The amazing part is that about 3-4 players actually came in and took their seat. A little anxious are we?

1:05 p.m.

Today I am planning on following the journey of Brian Schaedlich closely. I want to see how the young 22 year old special ed teacher is able to handle the pressure of the increased attention thrown at him now that he is the chip leader at the biggest poker tournament in the world. While I was making my rounds, Dutch Boyd came up to me and asked me if I knew who the chip leader was. I told him I did and since I've always been on friendly terms with Dutch, I brought him over to Brian to introduce him. Dutch starts to go on about some agency he is representing and I'm embarrassed. If I'd known Dutch was going to do that, I would have never brought him over.

That's the thing about the poker world... it's so filled with people looking after their own interests. Watching Brian the past few days, I've seen a wide eyed innocent kid who has no idea of the world he is about to enter. Reporters, photographers, television cameras, and agents who really don't care how well he does as long as he makes them money. Right now, he is sitting one table over from Phil Hellmuth and he is getting more attention than The Ego. I worry that the extra attention will affect how he plays or that it will change who he is as a person. I've seen it happen numerous times in the poker world. He's smiling and having a good time right now, but will that same look be on his face the first time he loses a huge pot, or the first time someone stabs him in the back?

2:15 p.m.

Brian lost a monster pot to Jeff Kimber putting him at just under 400K in chips and giving Kimber the chip lead with 680K. Brian limped in with aces and Kimber raised from the button with queens. The flop came queen high and through a series of raises, all the money went in with Kimber coming out the victor when no ace came.

“What could I do?” Brian asked after the hand. Kimber commented that he would never have put all his chips in without the goods because of Brian's stack size. A painful lesson for the kid. His smile is gone for now and he appears frustrated. If he's not careful, Kimber will felt him as Kimber is an accomplished player who recently won the World Heads Up Championship in Barcelona.

In two hours, we lost nearly 300 players and have 1,062 players left. At this pace we'd make the money before the dinner break but the bust outs should slow down as the number of short stacks decrease and players tighten up knowing the money is approaching.

3:15 p.m.

Line of the day: From Bill Blanda after his aces were cracked by A-Q... “God, they ought to make convicts play this game as punishment.”

4:45 p.m.

Brian is literally melting down. He just shipped over another 100K+ to another player when he called their all in on a 9-7-6-3 board with pocket 5's. His opponent had aces and Brian was unable to improve. After the hand, Brian was visibly upset. He looked up to the sky and shook his head, obviously frustrated. He still has over 300K but there are at least 4 other players at his table now with 300K so he has to tread on careful ground if he is even going to make the money.

Meanwhile at a table no more than 10 feet away, I witnessed one of the best lay downs I've ever seen here. The action went raise, re-raise, all in. With about 100K in the pot and facing an all in bet of 70K, the re-raiser, a player by the name of Jani Vilmunen, spent almost ten minutes deciding what to do. They were just about to call the clock on him when he decided to fold. He turned kings face up. His opponent shook his head in disbelief and asked, “How can you fold that hand?”

What made the fold even more amazing is that Vilmunen would have had nearly 250K left if he had made the call and lost. His opponent was going to show but Jani pleaded with him not to. The cards went in the muck and his opponent looked at Jani and said, “That was amazing. I had aces; I'm not going to lie to you. I would have showed.”

Keep an eye out for Jani; that was a world class fold.

5:45 p.m.

800 players remain. It's unlikely that we will reach the money before the dinner break but it will happen today unless everyone crawls into a shell. Shortly before the last break, Mike Matusow doubled up with aces and did a half sprint around the room. I can't quite put my finger on it but Matusow is much more likeable than Hellmuth. Yea, he talks a lot. Yea, he can get out of line sometimes. There's just something about watching him play poker and how much he wants to win (you can see it in his eyes, how much winning means to him) that makes me want to root for him.

The bubble is sure to be action packed and I'll be back later with more from day 3 of the WSOP Main Event.

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