WSOP: Packing for the big one

After more than four weeks of cold pizza, intravenous caffeine intake, billions of bad beat stories, and enough blogged words to fill a couple library shelves (duly Duey Decimal System-ized), we here at the blog are about to re-style ourselves. In the next day or so, you will meet a crack team of bloggers who are ready to take on the biggest event in poker history.

In the meantime, however, we'll need you to bear with us as we wrap up the final preliminary events. Here are the outstanding games (joined in progress):

  • $1,500 No Limit Hold'em--It is no surprise to me that 21-year-old wunderkind Jason Strasser continues to sit near the top of the leaderboard. Strasser and I go back a couple of years and it's been really fun to watch him play for the past four weeks. That said, I think he and I both believe that I've become a bit of a jinx for him. Any time I sweat him too closely, something terrible happens and he ends up busting out. While I will still maintain my blogging duties, I'm going to do so at a distance that will allow Strasser to win this thing. An hour and a half into play today, Strasser sits fifth in chips with a little more than 100 players remaining.

  • Deuce-Seven Lowball--As I mentioned early this morning, I'm secretly hoping for a Greg Raymer vs David Williams re-match. While the game is certainly different, the men remain the same tough players they were two years ago. Less than one hour into play today, both men sit in the top five in chips out of the remaining 19 players. Also, Wil Wheaton had a chance to talk to Greg Raymer last night in the midst of the madness.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker