Brett Favre sacked

If the felt were the gridiron and William "Brett Favre" Jensen were up against a real defensive line, that line would've been called "The Queens."

Jensen, a PokerStars standout and roommate to a WSOP bracelet-holder, came to play in the second round of the $1500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. In the first hour, he ran over his table, amassing a chip-lead and powerful table image. If I could've found someone to take me up on it, I would've laid down cash that Jensen would win his table and move on to the final 13.

But when the table got three-handed, something happened. Russian tennis star turned poker player Yevgeny Kafelnikov woke up with a pair of queen on a queen-high board. The Russian was shortstacked and Jensen, holding the case queen, played Kafelnikov for all his chips.

A short time later, Jensen again made top pair with a queen in the hole and got all his chips in the middle. His opponent held ace-king and paired up on the river to sack Favre for good.

Nonetheless, Jensen had a great showing today and promises to show up again very soon.


In other news...

  • Brett Jungblut came back from a big chip deficit to win his table and advance to the final 13.

  • PokerStars' John Gale offered a piece of advice for all travelers headed out to the WSOP: Travelers checks are no good at the WSOP registration desk at the Rio. If you come with travelers checks, be prepared to make a very, very long walk to the casino cage to cash them. If you're not yet here, that may not seem like a big deal. But after you make the death march from casino to card room once, you'll understand. I'm developing a blister after just two days.

  • Saturday is a limit hold'em event here at the WSOP. I certainly hope it is more exciting than the conclusion of the Limit Hold'em Shootout event. That final table has been going on all day and threatens to spill into the year 2006.

    That's it for Friday. See you back here on Saturday with all your PokerStars news.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker