2007 World Series: Keeping the dream alive

The last time I had walked through the HORSE tournament area, Greg Raymer was on life support. I couldn't bear to watch the end. I feel like a cooler so often that I don't need any more reason to dislike myself. It wasn't long after that I saw Greg walking out to the overflow tent to check on Joe Hachem's progress in the Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event.

Greg said one word. "Whew."

Whew could mean anything. It could be "Whew, I'm glad that's over" or "Whew, I can't believe I hung on so long long."



I didn't want to compound any misery he might be feeling after two straight days of playing HORSE. "How did you finish?" I asked. It was question that could be interpreted any number of ways.

Then Greg told me his chip stack.

It was above average.

"I got lucky," he said. After having to fold his blinds in the Hold'em round, he chipped up a bit in the Omaha round. Then when Razz came around, Greg, in his own words, "sucked out." Twice. After that, there wasn't any stopping him and he was up over 250,000.

I left Greg looking for Hachem and wondered if my Dream HORSE table still had a chance at coming true. In fact, it does.

Barry Greenstein finished the day in much the same shape as Greg Raymer. In fact, out of all the PokerStars players remaining in the event, only Isabelle Mercier is desperately short-stacked. Last we spoke, she still seemed optimistic. And really, she can take some inspiration from Greg Raymer. Just a few hands and the chance at the dream final table is still alive.

In other news, Bill Chen and Joe Hachem are doing great in the $1,500 PLO8 event and Tom McEvoy is running strong in the Seniors Event.

After a few dry days with no pleasant anxiety to drive this bus, it looks like we;re in store for some fun days ahead.

Brad Willis
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