World Series of Poker from the rail
When the story gets big, the vultures fly in. With more than 500 media badges in the Rio, there are now more "reporters" than players left in the event. The situation has resulted in a near black-out of media coverage from inside the rail. The remaining media have been relegated to standing in line for five-minute passes to run through the tables. It's hard to cast blame on anyone for the issue, but it's making for tougher than normal tournament coverage.
That notwithstanding, Team Blog remains at the Rio and remains dedicated to covering our PokerStars qualifiers to the best of our ability. Before the restrictions were put in place, our own Mad Harper chatted up one of our big stacks, Klaus Agesen.
Denmark loves fairy stories and happy endings. This year is the bicentennial of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen and the Danes are currently gearing up for a massive global celebration of their national hero.
So it seems likely they'll take to the tale of Klaus "kagesen" Agesen, a fresh-faced young economics student, who has travelled from a small remote town in Northern Jutland to within striking distance of the biggest prize payout in the history of anything ever. Klaus only took up poker a couple of years ago but he must have a natural affinity for the game because - almost as soon as he'd learned the rules - he won a PokerStars' $200 no-limit tournament. Now he's sitting on one of the biggest chip stacks here with $471,000.
Klaus may look sweet, but he's clearly a formidable and daring opponent. Yesterday, he busted out Aces two hands in a row - once with pocket 4s after flopping a set and, just a few minutes later, when he hit a flush on the turn. Those were exciting moments but Klaus has also spent hour after hour barely playing a hand.
His biggest risk - and one which paid off handsomely - came yesterday early evening. Klaus only had A7H and was up against a big raise - four times the pot - which he called. The flop came down J66 with two hearts. The raiser bet, Klaus re-raised and his opponent went all-in. His opponent had KJ - but the Ace of Hearts came down on the river giving Klaus his flush, and a pot in excess of $60,000.
Klaus said, "I took a punt really. It was pretty risky but they were about to break our table and my reasoning was that if I arrived at another table with a big stack, it would give me a lot of power." Klaus was right; he ended the day in 12th position. If he's still in 12th position at the end of Day 7, he'll have $600,000 in his pocket, but we're hoping for an even happier ending than that.