Poker face, a happy birthday, and departures
Larry Prugh, Radu Butan, Shane Bartholomew, player departures, and how some of our winners qualified to get here
Larry Prugh is a frustrating subject for photographers. When we're looking for a wide range of emotions to shoot, Prugh just sits there stone-faced, no matter whether he is winning or losing. Of course, what is frustrating for us must be frustrating for his opponents as well. Prugh has one of the best poker faces in the room.
Roving correspondent Mad Harper has been wishing birthday greetings (if a bit prematurely) to another PokerStars qualifier.
It's Radu "rbutan" Butan's 28th birthday tomorrow - and he couldn't hope for a better present than making it through to WSOP Day Five. The organisers are hoping to play down to around 100 players by the end of today, which would put at least $65,360 in the Butan coffers - even if he went out in the first hand. When we spoke to him however, he was sitting on some $420,000 - and that was before he raked in another big pot (a fold to his pocket Kings). Originally from Romania, Radu came to London, Ontario as a 12-year-old and now works as a resident doctor specialising in internal medecine. His girlfriend Sinead, smiling sweetly at him from the rails, said: "He's been to Vegas before but the best he's ever done was making the money in a $500 Bellagio tournament."
If you're looking for players who started the day but have since departed, here are a few: MightyCanes, gator93, MadMonster, hickoryhill, skullchips, scrapper41, and BUNGALOWBILL. For a full list of PokerStars qualifiers who have cashed, check in here.
Finally, if you're curious about how some of our qualifiers made it here, here's an abbreviated list:
bogey54- $160 double shootout
larsenrw- $160 double shootout
smarx- $160 double shootout
Monty3- $160 double shootout
berka- $33 Rebuy- 1 Rebuy
TheKid1948- $160 double shootout
Virus1975- 4000 FPPs
quantum- $27 Rebuy - 2 Rebuys + Add on
TPirahna- $33 Rebuy- 1 Rebuy + Add on
kmac13- $160 double shootout
steamraise- $160 double shootout
Bob&TomShow- $33 Rebuy- 1 Rebuy + Add on
HouseBlouse- $160 double shootout
skullchips- $160 double shootout
rbutan- $160 double shootout
MightyCanes- $33 Rebuy- No Rebuys
sorerichard- $160 double shootout
Dogger9- 1000 FPPs
ShuMoney- $160 double shootout
pjfff- $160 double shootout
hickoryhill- $160 double shootout
gator93- $160 double shootout
tdrot- $33 Rebuy- No rebuys- 1 Add on
Sugar D- $160 double shootout
That should be enough for now. Back to the floor.