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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Sights and Sounds

WSOP Sights and Sounds Day 5: Mizrachi March Continues; Bloch’s Birthday Bet; Annette Arrives

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The spectators in the Amazon and Pavilion convention center/poker rooms have cleared out a bit now that the Memorial Day weekend has ended, but plenty remain as a number of tournaments near completion and another popular tournament begins.

The biggest story of the WSOP so far, which may ultimately be the biggest story of the whole event, is that of the Mizrachi brothers.  The only other set of brothers to make a final table in the same WSOP event were Ross and Barny Boatman who did it in 2002 in a pot-limit Omaha event, with Barney finishing 9th and Ross finishing in 7th place.  The Mizrachi brothers are currently at the final table with just five remaining in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship.  Both of their stacks have been fluctuating, its dinner break and they are fourth and fifth in chip counts - Michael “The Grinder” is 4th with 1,480,000 chips with Robert in 5th place with 560,000 chips.
Each time one of the Mizrachi brothers wins a hand their cheering section goes crazy and even a couple times one brother has shown visible excitement if the other has won a hand.  It goes without saying, everyone here wants to see the two square off heads-up for the $1.5 million prize, but one wonders if they will show so much brotherly love if it comes to that.

The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better will also crown a winner tonight.  At the moment there are 11 players remaining.  Sasha Rosewood currently leads the field with 750,000 chips, but some big names remain, including chess master turned 2009 WSOP Main Event final table participant Ylon Schwartz.  The remaining competitors are vying for the top prize of $237,140.


Andy Bloch celebrates his 41st birthday today.  Earlier in the week Bloch was heard saying he hopes to have a great birthday by celebrating with a final table appearance in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship.  Unfortunately for Bloch he fell just short of his goal, finishing in 16th place. 

{id:12}Bloch has also drawn attention in the poker room for a prop-bet that is taking place.  Erik Sidel and Howard Lederer offered Bloch $25,000 if he can eat 24 cupcakes in the next 90 minutes.  After just five cupcakes, it seemed Bloch had no chance of winning this freeroll, as he Tweeted he was thinking of quitting after just five.  After just one-and-a-half more cupcakes, Bloch threw in the towel, or in this case, napkin.  To add insult to injury Bloch was eliminated from the $5,000 No Limit Holdem Shootout event.  Showing no hard feelings, he offered a cupcake to the rest of the table before departing.  Here’s hoping the rest of Bloch’s birthday goes better.


Keeping on the subject of people doing unhealthy things to their bodies, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak is attempting to break the record for world’s longest poker session starting tomorrow at the Bellagio.  The current record is 78 hours, which was set by Paul Zimbler last year.  It should be pointed out that 78 hours is the documented world record, as a number of internet sites cite that Ted Forrest, who is no stranger to unhealthy prop bets himself, once had a 125 hour session, which included not getting up from the table even one time for the first 35 hours.  Regardless, if Laak can break the record of 78 hours it will be remarkable.  It will be even more remarkable if he remembers breaking the record after he’s done it.

Never in the history of the World Series of Poker has a debut been as anticipated as much as that of {id:13}Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad.  Tomorrow that wait will end, as Obrestad is scheduled to play in Event #8, the $1,500 No Limit Holdem tournament.  Expectations are high for the 21-year-old winner of the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Championship. “Annette Invades” billboards are visible from nearly every vantage point in the Pavilion and Amazon Rooms, and can also be found in the hallways outside of the poker rooms.
Even before arriving in Las Vegas, Obrestad has been very busy.  Two days ago she filmed all-day for a documentary about her, and right now she is in the middle of an 11 hour flight from London.  Poker players are used to being tired from long sessions, but hopefully she gets plenty of rest before the noon start time tomorrow.


Another bit of information regarding the hectic break times was brought to my attention after my “Day 4: Sights and Sounds” story went up last night.  It turns out that during these breaks the women’s restrooms in the hallway closest to the poker rooms turns into a men’s room.  They do this by sticking a makeshift “Men’s” sign over the sign that normally says “Women’s.”  However, over the course of a few days people just make beelines to the bathroom they have been using the entire time, so they don’t actually lift their head to notice the name change.  Never fear, if the women miss this bit of news a friendly Harrah’s janitor mans the door (pun intended) to tell the unsuspecting woman that she is about to walk into a “men’s room.”  The reason for this, according to a Harrah’s employee is “because there are more men than women here.”  As a female colleague of mine said, “Well, no shit.”

Because of this, the many women here have to walk the entire hallway to use the restrooms near the booth set up for jeweler Steve Soffa.  This has raised an interesting hygienic question for the women’s rooms that become men’s rooms.  The woman who alerted me to this wondered aloud, “Do they go in and sludge down all the pee splatters from the walls and floors before they let the women back in?”  

As discussed previously, the early nominee for the “What Were They Thinking Award” originally went to the “Man Cave,” but to their credit, that was quickly changed.  It will take a real doozy to beat the “Women’s to Men’s Room Switch-a-Roo,” but it’s still early.

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