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Day 25 Of The WSOP: A Chair Toppling Day

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The $1,500 No Limit Hold Em events are interesting to cover to say the least. Mainly because I walk through a sea of nearly 3,000 poker players and I don't know a single one of them. Well, ok, I'm exaggerating a little bit, but it sure seems that way. The field is filled with so many potential land mines that many of the top professionals, even those who are NLHE specialists, often don't enter these. If there is a bigger buy in event going off at 5 p.m., it's almost a certainty that they will either join and donk off all their chips in an attempt to get a big stack (which almost never works out by the way) or will not join so that they can play the bigger event. With the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event kicking off today in the evening, it was guaranteed that most of the bigger names in poker would be absent.

The other day, Richard, or Dick as I like to call him, Austin won the $5,000 PLO bracelet. He refused to cooperate with the WSOP media, took his picture very quickly as well as his bracelet, and left. I heard today that he had told people that standing up for the national anthem was a joke and that he didn't want no part of it. How to make millions of enemies in one fell swoop 101 will be taught at local universities this fall by Mr. Austin. I guess he doesn't appreciate the fact that he lives in a country where he CAN play poker professionally for a living because of the freedom we have.

Another day, another two bracelet winner. This time it was Jeffrey Lisandro, who has clearly emerged as a force in the higher buy in events, especially in any game containing the word Stud in it. This makes the Player of the Year standings even more interesting. Here are the top 10 after today's events:

Jeff Lisandro 255 points
Ville Wahlbeck 255 points
Phil Ivey 225 points
Brock Parker 220 points
James Van Alstyne 220 points
Roland DeWolfe 195 points
Angel Guillen 175 points
Pete Vilandos 175 points
Daniel Negreanu 165 points
Daniel Alaei 165 points

The number of events are running out fast though so if someone is going to catch Lisandro or Wahlbeck, they better do it quickly. Most cashes thus far this year are David Baker and Fabrice Soulier with 6 apiece. Interestingly enough, even with 6 cashes Soulier is probably barely ahead of the game with just $65,101 in winnings. For a change, the Main Event is counting in the POY standings so this could very well not be decided for quite some time. I like that they let this count – it should.

There was a legitimate chance for a woman to finally win an open event at the WSOP this year when two of them made the final table in comfortable chip position in the $2,000 NLHE event. It would be the female with the dude’s name, Laurence Grondin, who would come closest, finishing in 3rd place after having the chip lead at one point three handed. Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling a woman is going to make the final table of the Main Event this year. I wonder what kind of odds I can get on that in a prop bet?

Phil Hellmuth cashed yet again, this time in the Limit Hold Em event. He suffered a massive cooler of a hand when he flopped top set and got it all in on the turn against his opponent who had top pair and the nut flush draw. The flush got there on the river and an unhappy Hellmuth went out in 17th place. So close, but yet so far, from #12.

Patrik Antonius finally made an appearance at the WSOP. His wife, Maya, had actually been here much more than he had. Antonius's day would be short lived, however, and rumor has it that he has been running bad and not feeling well which is why he hasn't been playing much. The $10,000 PLO tournament had a significant drop off from 2008, as almost 100 fewer players signed up for the event. That's the first real big downturn I've seen all year.

Poor Chau Giang was sitting on top of two chairs when the chairs lost their balance and Giang fell backwards, smacking his head hard against the dealers chair behind him. The entire room turned and looked, some amused, others concerned, as Giang shook himself off. Barry Greenstein yelled across the room to Chau... “Bad beat Chau!” Giang looked to be ok as he got back up and resumed playing.

Today, the 5K NLHE Shootout commences. This should bring out some of the best from the Internet world who tend to dominate in events like this. I'll be checking out the action as always. Until then...

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