WSOP Day 5 Wrap Up
I saw it in my mind's eye before I saw it through a lens. I saw it as a vision after the 2004 WSOP. I thought--no, hoped with every ounce of my being--that a reunion of Greg Raymer and Mike Matusow would happen someday. Some fine day, I thought, there would again be a meeting, where talk of cojones and their size would not rule the day. It should happen on a big stage, I thought. Today, I caught the first glimpse through a lens.
Anyone who remembers 2004 remembers the much ballyhooed confrontation between Matusow that ultimately resulted Matusow weeping on the rail and Raymer going on to win the world championship. This year, at least as midnight draw near at the end of Day 5, the tables are turned a bit. Matusow enters Day 6 with the chip lead. Raymer, after a monster day of chip collection, is fifth in chips. The difference in chip position right now is less relevant than that for which what we're all really hoping. We want to see these two men staring across the felt at each other when the WSOP seats its final nine players.
Fossilman in chip collecting mode
If it weren't for friends, where would we all be, right? Well, ask Brad Kondracki's chums and they'll let you know. After finding last-minute flights, the Kondracki crew, now a mother, father, brother, and two buddies full, has assembled here to watch Kondracki climb through the pack.
Buddies in arms
Mike Leggieri and Yale Klat are both fellow law students at Penn and both taking credit for getting Brad where he is right now. "It was my computer he learned to play poker on," said Mike. "Yeah, but it was my room that had the internet access," said Yale.
As much credit as they might take, the hand that vaulted Kondracki to sixth in chips was all his own. With AQ, Kondracki got all his chips in the middle on an ace-high flop. His opponent came in, too, but only with AJ. Kondracki's hand held up and he found himself with more than $3 million with which to play. The young man who likes to use his adventurous spirit to give his mother heart attacks is now giving his family and friends nothing but smiles.
Brad Kondracki eyes Tex Barch's chips
30th place--Radu Butan $274,090
35th place--Steve "The Miracle Kid" Marx $274,090
42nd place--Raymi Thorn $235,390
47th place--Kevin Kaikko $173,880
51st place--Derek Dix $173,880 51
56th place--Larry Prugh $145,875
58th place--Jarl Lindholt $145,875
PokerStars wants to wish a big congratulations to these players and the dozens of others who have cashed so far.
Thursday, we're moving this whole show down to Binion's Horseshoe for one last time. The final 27 players will play down to the final table beginning at 3pm Vegas time.
Given that we can work the technology out (Binion's is old school in every way), you can expect another all day play-by-play right here on the Official PokerStars Blog.
See you then.