The 2008 World Series of Poker has been going on for almost two weeks. Lots of action. Tired…interest waning. Then watched this video. Suddenly awake. Recharged. Let’s go.
:: Event #19 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) – Like Big Brown winning the Triple Crown, this one is a "foregone conclusion." Vanessa Selbst, a wom–, a woma–, ugh, a woman, to borrow a phrase from Dr. Pauly, has a "redunkulous" chip lead. Selbst is stacked at 1,047,000. The closest competitor, Jamie Pickering, has 329,000. A bunch of people you’ve never heard of and who aren’t winning the bracelet anyway follow. See their names here.
:: Event #20 ($2,000 Limit Hold’em) – The big story here is "Can Daniel Negreanu win his fourth bracelet?" Cause there’s really not that much intrigue after that. Daniel seems primed and ready and as we wrote yesterday, is
:: Event #21 ($5,000 NLH) – Day 1 saw 731 entrants whittle down to 121. Some dude named Alex Melnikow is the chip leader, stacked at 248,800. A surprising lack of big names are among the big stacks, with a few exceptions including the wildly marketable Hasan Habib (140,200), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (103,100), this insufferably annoying Humberto Brenes (101,000), Anna Wroblewski, a woman, (100,000), and Dmitri "Where You Been Lately" Nobles (100,000). Gavin Smith, who we hope will help us starting finding some
:: Event #22 ($3,000 H.O.R.S.E) – The last tournament of the day brought in a respectable 414 runners. Only 160 remained at the end of play. Alexander Jung leads the way, stacked at 51,000. Lots of big names follow, including Todd Brunson (41,000), Kevin ‘BeL0WaB0Ve’ Saul (38,600), get this…wait for it…Dancing with the Stars’ Shannon Elizabeth (34,500), Steve Zolotow (30,000), James Mackey, a ginger (30,000), and Phil Ivey (28,000). Get full chip counts here.
2008 WSOP Band of Bloggers: Get full recaps and payouts from WorldSeriesofPoker.com here. Get Dr. Pauly’s take on WSOP happenings here. Gary Wise has some thoughts here. Please please don’t forget Pokerati here. And get Poker Prof’s recap and more photos here.