Las Vegas, NV
Today is a busy Monday at the WSOP. It's the final donkament of the series and the last bloddshed before the Main Event. The 50K HORSE is winding down towards the money and the final table.
And the 3K Triple Chance tournament is in the second day with 149 players remaining and a lot of familiar faces including Shaniac, Tony Dunst, Dale Pinchot, Rizen, Johnny Lodden, ApeStyles, Maria Ho, and Nordberg. Oh and that Jeff Lisandro fellow is still left in the mix and gunning for bracelet #4.
2:59pm... Oh, Canada
Owen was smiling. I had never seen that before. My fellow media rep from the Great White North is known as one of the more sullen writers (wait a sec, all writers are sullen and all WSOP reporters are morbidly depressed. By Day 33 of the WSOP, they have either contemplated or attempted suicide no less than 12 times). Anyway, Owen had a shit-eating grin because he had just heard the Canadian national anthem that was played after Greg Mueller was awarded his second bracelet this summer.
The area in front of the "bracelet stand" was a zoo. The bottlenecked area included media covering the ceremony, railbirds sweating the 50K HORSE, and random donkeys waiting to take their seat in the donkament after it had gone on break.
Scheduling. The WSOP has improved on many levels, but they always seem to get kicked in the junk with poor scheduling. The 3K re-start was delayed thirty minutes, then an hour in order to find enough tables to play. I guess the donks were not busting out as fast as the suits expected.
Alas, lots of named pros wandered around, some of them miffed at another tournament that failed to start on time. As I told them, "You're pros. You should know that shit never starts on time and slept in late."
4:00pm... Bubble Looms in HORSE
Todd Brunson was the first player to bust out of the 50K HORSE event. Brett Richey went out in 18th place. With 17 to go, action reached the bubble and the final three tables are playing hand-for-hand (and somewhat short-handed).
50K HORSE Payouts:Whoever busts next is gonna lose $72,914. Jon Kabbaj is the short stack, wile David Bach captured the chiplead with around 1.5M.
4:20pm... Smoke 'em if you got 'em!
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Frank Kassella = Bubble Boy in HORSE. He lost to Ray Dehkharghani, who slow-rolled Kassella. The two had been jawing all day and Dehkharghani unsportsmanship reared its ugly head.
Down to the final 16. Tony G cashed. That makes the G happy. Maybe he'll shower rose petals and food comps to bums panhandling underneath the I-15 underpass.
I'm still alive in the Aussie/PN fantasy pool. My horse is Seidel, while Change100 has David Chui. Gloria has the Finn, and Duckworth has Wattel.
5:45pm... Touch of Grey
I wandered by the Hooker Bar and Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead was playing. Parts of the Rio have been lasting classic rock over the last few days. I overheard Tuesday's Gone while on the shitter the other day, and yesterday it was Day Tripper on the PA while I wandered through the casino.
A while a go, a large scream unleashed from the far corner. The Brazilians. Since I know it's not a nude beach or a soccer game, there must have been a big double up for one of their countrymen. They travel in hordes and sweat any other Brazilians that go deep in a tournament, especially the WSOP.
50K HORSE is down to 15 players after Jon Kabbaj busted out in 16th place. The G is one of the short stacks. Vitaly Lunkin leads the pack while Erik123 is not far behind in second place.
Over in the 3K Triple, Shaniac and Tony Dunst are still alive, but sadly, the lovely Maria Ho is no longer with us. She passed by the press box with a glum look on her face while she tweet'd her departure.
7:00pm... Down to 13
Mr. Smokey and former champion Freddy Deeb are both out of 50K HORSE as the field dwindled down to 13 players. Erik123 is back in the chiplead with 2.4M, while David Bach passed the 2M mark. The G is the shortstack and he's been hanging on the last couple of hours. If he doesn't chip himself up soon, he's gonna finish in unlucky 13th place.
7:57pm... The G = Busto; Gus Hansen Doles Out Orgasms on the Rail
The G is nevermoere after he busted out in 13th place. Down to 12 in the HORSE on the final two tables. Gus Hansen walked around the playing area and watched the other table. A drunken female fan on the rail asked Hansen for a photo and autograph. He obliged and she lost it. Literally. She unleashed an orgasmic shriek and could not stop. The Great Dane gave her a multiple orgasm.
9:30pm... 12 to Go
The HORSE is returning from dinner. David Chiu is super short and Erik123 opened up a commanding lead with 3.8M... almost 1M more than anyone else.
Over in 3K Triple, Tony justbusted but cashed. Shaniac moved up to 155K and ApeStyles is among the chipleaders.
10:00pm... Obstruction Lime Tossing
Otis and I headed out back for lime tossing and were bummed out to see a truck parked on half of our lime tossing field. What the fuck? We did what we could and played around the vehicle. Some of the bonus grids were out of play.
I went wide right by a few inches on my first throw. My second? Almost identical. Otis whiffed on both of his throws. His second toss hit the back tire of the truck, which we agreed was out of bounds. Otis went 0-2 and we pushed on this round. I blame the inaction on the truck.
Round 3 - Lime Tossing Results: Pauly 0, Otis 0
Overall: Otis +20, Pauly -20
10:10pm... 50K Final Table Bubble
While I was out back fuckin' around with degenerate citrus fruit tossing, three players busted out in a short amount time. The final table bubble is upon us after David Chui, Mike Wattel, and Ray Dehkharghani busted out. Gus Hansen is the short stack with Erik123 still way ahead out front.
10:30pm... Hansen = Final Table Bubble
Gus Hansen was short and hit the rail in 9th place. The final table of eight is set with Erik123 as the chipleader. Final table will start at 2pm on Tuesday. Here's the lineup...
Seat 1: Ville WahlbeckMy horse, Seidel, is still alive. It's me or Gloria (she has Ville) to win the pool.
Seat 2: Erik Sagstrom
Seat 3: John Hanson
Seat 4: Huck Seed
Seat 5: Vitaly Lunkin
Seat 6: David Bach
Seat 7: Erik Seidel
Seat 8: Chau Giang
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