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Main Event, Day 1C – Just Because It's A Marathon Doesn't Mean You Don't Run Fast Occasionally

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The one thing I love about the Main Event is the stories that surface each year about every day people living a dream. The media might follow around the poker superstars but it's the average player, the one no one has ever heard of, that makes the Main Event a one of a kind poker tournament. You don't typically see these stories in a $1,500 WSOP event or a WPT event. The dream for any poker player is to play in the Big One, and there's only one Big One and that's the WSOP Main Event.

One person living this dream is Kent Senter, a 56 year old hardware worker from Pittsburgh. Kent has Myeloma (also known as the Jimmy Valvano disease), a cancer of the the plasma cells, and has been given less than two years to live. One of his dreams was to play in the World Series Of Poker Main Event. Kent's wife, Patty, contacted the publisher of Bluff Magazine and told him about her story. The publisher put in a few phone calls and PokerStars said that they would be happy to sponsor him into the Main Event. Kent played today and towards the end of play Media Director Nolan Dalla took a moment to recognize him and Kent was met with the loudest applause thus far at the Main Event as players stood and cheered his being there. It was a touching moment witnessed by Kent's wife and two children, who wiped tears from their eyes at the response Kent received.

The reported day 1A chip leader, Eric Cloutier, has turned out to not be the chip leader after all. The following statement was sent out to the press earlier today:

Attention Media:

We deeply regret the following error.  It turns out our chip leader from Day 1A [Eric Cloutier] has been verified to have 15,075 chips, NOT 150,750 as has been reported by us. We apologize for this unfortunate error.  We take full responsibility. As such, Cloutier should be replaced as the current chip leader with BRANDON DEMES, who finished Day 1B with a verified 137,075 in chips.

Thank you.

Later that evening the dealers had an impromptu meeting during the middle of the last break. The dealers were instructed to verify the chip counts of each of the players to make sure this type of problem did not occur again.

There were 1,696 entrants today bringing the three day total to 3,685. We have officially crossed the 6,000 player threshold though as 2,400+ players have already registered for tomorrow. For those thinking they have a guaranteed spot in the Main Event if they show up tomorrow with $10,000, that might not be the case. The WSOP announced that they will cap the number of entrants tomorrow at 3,000. It's highly probable that tomorrow will get up to that number which would bring us up to nearly 6,700 players or just slightly less than what we had last year. It'd also be a lesson to those who chose to wait until the last minute although I still think it's a terrible idea to cap any WSOP event. Hopefully they address that soon.

I know I harp about the terrible play I witness at the WSOP with players putting in ridiculous amounts of chips when they don't have to. Another big problem I see is players playing TOO tight and weak. Yes the structure allows you to be patient, but this doesn't mean that you want to let yourself be pushed off of every hand or to only check/fold or check/call. This is precisely what many players end up doing. They keep waiting for that big hand... keep waiting for pocket aces... and then bemoan their bad luck when they go broke with pocket aces when they move all in over the top of a 3,000 raise with the blinds at 500/1,000 for their last 10,000 only to lose to the big stack that has 150,000 and calls with 8-7 suited that hits a flush. The best players in this event will be the ones that are not only patient in picking their spots but are also attacking rather than defending.

Of course now that I said that, I also need to stress that the Main Event is a marathon and that you can't win this tournament in one hand, but you sure as hell can lose it in one hand. I've seen a ton of set over set bust outs. I can see this happening in a $200 online tournament or even a $1,500 donkament but with the stack you start with in the Main Event, there is no reason to go broke with middle or bottom set. Will you lose some value or get outdrawn on occasionally by playing it a bit more conservatively? Sure, but you also won't go broke the times that you are beat. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying to play bottom or middle set passively every time, but if the action starts to get out of hand, you might be better off taking a more cautious route and either picking up or losing a medium sized pot.

Tomorrow will be the biggest day of the Main Event yet with at least 2,500 players and probably close to 3,000. I'll be there as usual to bring you the latest in what's happening at the WSOP. Until then...

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