Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WSOP Day 13 - Live Blog

By Pauly
Las Vegas, NV

Can Erick Lindgren win his second bracelet this year? He starts the final table as the chipleader against the most difficult table assembled at the 2008 WSOP. First place pays out $537,857.

Here's another sick final table...
Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven:
Seat 1: Jeffrey Lisandro (Salerno, Italy) 461,000
Seat 2: Mike Matusow (Las Vegas, NV) 520,000
Seat 3: Tom "DonkeyBomber" Schneider (Scottsdale, AZ) 162,000
Seat 4: Erick Lindgren (Las Vegas, NV) 1,104,000
Seat 5: Barry Greenstein (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) 541,000
Seat 6: Tony G (Melbourne, Australia) 394,000
Seat 7: David Benyamine (Las Vegas, NV) 410,000
The Deuce-to-Seven event final table is usually the most stacked table at the WSOP since only a handful of people play the event and the field is dominated always the top tiered pros.

The rest of the gang has eight combined bracelets. The 2007 WSOP Player of the Year, DonkeyBomber, is shortstacked but you never know. Anything can happen at a final table, especially in NL duece-to-seven.

The G is going after his first bracelet... can we feel his powah? Or will the wheels fall off his bike?

David Benyamine has never won a bracelet... and he was seen playing online at Full Tilt thirty minutes before the final table began.

"It's been ten years since a French player last won a bracelet," said Benjo. That player was Patrick Bruel.

Here's the five events that are being played on Day 13:
Event #18 $5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Rebuys - Final Table
Event #19 $1,500 PLO - Day 2
Event #20 $2,000 Limit - Day 2
Event #21 $5,000 NL - Day 1
Event #22 $3,000 HORSE - Day 1
The 5K event should attract a lot of big names, but every railbird in the room will be sweating the 2-7 final table.

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Michalski posted the latest episode of Tao of Pokerati podcast. This one is called... Episode 5: Long Road. It was recorded at the Hooker bar.

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It's been a good week for Tao of Poker. We got linked up on Fark (sort of) and then today, Tao got some love from two of my favorite Wall Street blogs... Deal Breaker and Wall Street Fighter. Thanks guys.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Total clusterfuck at the final table. The event is not played on the stage and it's on one of the out tables around the bend from the Milwaukee's Beast Lounge, which is one of the worst spots in the room since it has very little space. PokerShrink told that the stage could not be used since the set was not insured today. Saving money on insurance and cutting corners. The result? One of the best final tables at the 2008 WSOP that only a few lucky railbirds can see. Even the guys at PokerNews (FTrain & Logan) have a crappy set up and they gotta live blog the damn thing. I feel bad for the other reps who have to cover the event for their assignment and can't get a decent view of the action. I didn't bust my ass the last three WSOPs to have to jockey for space on the rail with tourists. I go on a rant about the couple of assholes who were total dicks to me and a few other friends in the media, but what's the point? Fuck those dimestore douchebags in the mouth. Life is to short to get into pissing matches with clueless authorities types. I'm just calling it like I see it.

Let's focus on the positives... DonkeyBomber was shortstacked to start. He avoided elimination on one hand and has jumped into second in chips behind Lindgren. The first bustout was David Benyamine. Down to 6.

With Benyamine's departure, Parvis and I are tied 2-2 in our last longer. I have Lindgren and DonkeyBomber. Parvis has Lisandro and Matusow.
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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: The G is out. Down to 5. Lindgren is way ahead.

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Quote of the Day: Benjo was outside smoking a cigarette. One guy saw Ted Forrest and screamed, "Yo, Ted did you finish in second?"

"Yeah," barked Forrest. "I finished in fuckin' second."

Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: 5 to go. Lindgren out in front. DonkyeBomber is short stacked. Jeff Lisandro spilled Starbucks all over his pants. No word if the coffee was found strangled in the sister property of the Redneck Riviera.

"Have you ever seen a final table where the last five guys all have bracelets?" asked The Poker Shrink. My answer was... no.

Event #19 PLO: Down to 29. Vanessa Selbst is the chipleader. Chau Giang just busted.

Event #20 Limit: 80 remaining. Top 45 win prize money. Danny Boy among the chipleaders.

Event #21 5K NL: Jon Little and Bond18 are among the early chipleaders. Kristy Gazes has 9K. Recent bustouts include Liz Lieu, Scotty Nguyen, and Elky.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: DonkeyBomber busto in 5th. Down to four. Matusow is creeping closer to Lindgren, who holds a slight lead. Parvis is up 2-1 in our last longer.

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Wow... has it been that long since I posted? I went to McFadden's for dinner with Michalksi, MeanGene, and California Jen. The dueling painos were annoying, however, when I left the guy busted out a cover of Gin and Juice from my man Snoop.

MeanGene and I have a Top Chef season finale prop bet. MeanGene took Stephanie Izard. I went with Richard Blais. No one wanted the dyke.

Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Down to three. Erick Lindgren busted by Mike Matusow. No second bracelet for Lindgren. Could Skinny Mike take it down? They moved the final table to the stage. Turns out that story about "no insurance" was a crock of shit. The real story? The guy who handles the lights had a day off and no one could figure out how to turn them on, so someone floated the false statement about lack of insurance to cover up the real story. Oh well.

Event #19 PLO: Down to 10. Vanessa = still chipleader.

Event #20 Limit: Down to 46. Daniel Negreanu is the chipleader. Hellmuth recently eliminated.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Three left. Lisandro opened up a massive lead. He picked off a Matusow bluff shortly before the dinner break.

Event #19 PLO: Final table set: Vanessa Selbst, Stanley Statkiewicz, Jamie Pickering, Eugene Todd, Craig Natte, Mel Randolph, Thom Schultz, Jamie Robbins, and Ken Lairson. Vanessa is the chipleader.

Event #20 Limit: Danny Boy still ahead of the pack. He's two-tabling and playing in the HORSE event.

By the way, I hacked into Pokerati and posted something called Meet the New Boss.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Still three to go. Barry Greenstien has taken over the chip as Matusow and Lisandro continue to jaw at each other.

Event #20 Limit: Down to 29. Negreanu coughed up the chiplead. He's still in the top 10. He got blinded off in the 3K HORSE.

Event #21 5K NL: Dmitri Nobles among the chipleaders. The Eggman is busto.

Event #22 3K HORSE: Marcel Luske, Shannon Elizabeth, and JohnnyBax are among the chipleaders. Cyndy Violete is out.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Jeff Lisandro has taken over the chiplead. Greenstien slipped to shortstack.

Event #20 Limit: 22 to go. Hien Tran and Ugur Marangoz are the chipleaders. I wish I was making that up.

Event #21 5K NL: Day 1 complete. 122 or so to.

Event #22 3K HORSE: Gordo Busto. Yeah, Phil Gordon busted. Jesus has left the building.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Barry Greenstein out. Lisandro and Matusow heads up for bracelet.

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Event #18 Deuce-to-Seven: Jeff Lisandro eliminated in second place. Mike Matusow wins bracelet.

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