Frustrated and short handed at the WSOP

The title makes it sound worse than it actually is. Sure, there is enough frustration and short handedness to go around, but today it is a little more pronounced.

As the $5000 Limit Hold'em event winds down on the ESPN TV stage, the outer tables have turned to two games that take different kinds of skill.

In the back of the room, the $5000 No-Limit Short Handed event is running strong. After days and days of climbing over chairs and crawling under velvet ropes to see the action, it's nice to have a little room to move and watch.

The freeedom brought me within view of Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, PokerStars' John Gale, and European Poker Tour creator John Duthie, who have all survived the first six hours of play today.

John Gale

John Duthie

Nearer the doors is a practice is such rabid masochism, I have a hard time watching. You know the game. It's called Razz, and there's little doubt that if you've spent your entire life playing Stud and waiting for rolled up kings, there's nearly a 100% chance you'll see the hand in your first level of Razz.

Of course, I exaggerate. But talk to just about anyone and they'll tell you Razz is among the most frustrating games they play. Counterintuitive doesn't begin to describe the game. I don't have the stomach for it. Fortunately, some of our Stars players do.

Still alive after six hours of play are PokerStars' Tom McEvoy and William "Brett Favre" Jensen.

Tom McEvoy

William "Brett Favre" Jensen

The week is winding back up. Keep your eyes here as we get into the home-stretch. The main event draws closer and closer with every passing hour.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker