2007 World Series: Men in the Men's
Some of the finest reporting coming out of the World Series--or at least the most entertaining--has just come from underneath a men's room stall door. In for a quick break, I saw Men the Master heading into the stall. His feet turned forward, there was a moment of silence, and then came a string of phrases that involved some Vietnamese, a rundown of Razz starting hands, and a repeated use of the phrase "That lady."
That lady is undoubtedly Katja Thater, Men's one-time tablemate at the $1,500 Razz final table. After pulling a Razz version of Babe Ruth and vowing to place in the top three, Katja has started her way toward making good on her promise. In the past couple hours, she's taken over the chip lead and sent Men on bathroom tilt.
Razz is a tilty game by its nature. Just before I came in to type, I watched Eskimo Clark (a whole other story of near-death and a battle against the World Series and his own failing health) turn into a tilty mess of chip and card throwing. Much of his animosity seems aimed at the dealer, which, as misdirected as it is, is better than throwing cards at Katja. She's shown she's not one with whom to trifle in poker or any other venue. Not only that, but her sweetheart Jan is a big man and looking down from a riser five feet above the table.
In the $2,500 No-Limit short-handed event, Terrence Chan's fortune has been a thing to watch. After doubling up early in the day, he lost half his stack in a AK vs QQ battle. He made Broadway on the river, but the QQ had boated up. At the 2000/4000/500 level, he sat on around 100,000 chips.
Still, he battled on and played a rather aggressive game that was only softened by the fact that he was forced to spend a couple seconds every hand making change for Vinnie Vinh. For the second time this year, Vinh has made Day 2 of an event and failed to show up. When he was finally blinded down to nothing and all-in, Terrence offered the empty chair a simple, "Good luck, Vinnie."
On the other side of the stack, Mimi Tran said, "Well played, Vinnie."
In the middle of the last level, Chan had worked his stack back up to a playable level and got involved in a big hand with Hoyt Corkins. After leading on a flop of 2dKc6d, Terrence check-raised Hoyt all-in on the Td turn. Hoyt tanked for five minutes before mucking. Terrence's stack sat at more than 400,000 with a 282,000 average and 15 players left in the event.
Now, it's time to head back out and see how Men's Men's Room Report is going.