PCA 2013: A meditation on Jerry Wong as Jason Bourne
At this point in the day, as players have evaporated from the final table at a speed that can only be described as nuclear, it's tempting to look at the Jerry Wong story and want to turn the script into an action film. He was cast as the hero. The film opens with him fighting through throngs of villains and then relaxing in a hot tub with a bottle of champagne. But then...crisis, conflict, and near-collapse. Drama. Sick, tragic drama.
That was Wong--the chip leader at the start of the day who fell victim to two grave injustices that left him battered, bruised, and on the brink of elimination It was at that point that--in a movie--we would know it was all going to be okay. He would rally. He would beat the villains. He would prevail.
But in a poker tournament, there is no such guarantee. In fact, when seeing a chip leader fall so far so fast, it feels much more comfortable to just assume it's all over for him. It's like--and forgive us here--having just a little time to say goodbye to a pet that has to be put down.
But, Wong wasn't satisfied with that tragic denouement. Instead, over the past couple of hours, he has rallied. If you take a look at our live coverage page, you'll see he's been largely responsible for picking off players one-by-one like Jason Bourne on amphetamines. Now he has the three-handed chip lead and holds more than half the chips in play.
Or put another way, Jerry Wong is simply a superhero for whom we can and will make no predictions. This is a movie we can't write. We can only sit back and watch.
And so can you...right here on the PCA live stream.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging