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2008 World Series: Being Katja Thater

Normally, during a break between levels, I'll catch up players for updates from a primary source. With Team PokerStars Pro Katja Thater I take a different approach. Few players are as focused as Katja during a tournament and prefer not to be disturbed. Just ask her husband Jan von Halle. "The best word I could use is 'patient'. 'Patient' and 'aggressive'." As reported earlier Katja's day 2 was one of those where you strap yourself in and hit the gas. Maybe you'll spin off the road leaving a glorious...more

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2008 World Series: Bracelets to the left and to the right

Just under the surface of the HORSE event lays the fact that a few players are beginning to feel the heat of the blinds. One of whom is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Daniel started the day in typical high spirits and nearly eight hours later remains in the same...more

2008 World Series: Filling in time

Have we mentioned the pace of this event yet? It bears repeating – this is poker distilled into its purest form and each player has 50,000 reasons not to bust out. Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein sits at a poker table like you or I might sit if we...more

2008 World Series: Sport of kings

There's likely a very good reason they call horse racing the sport of kings. Something about King Charles II, his mistress, and the king on the back of a horse. It's a sordid tale probably best left off the pages of a family poker blog. You don't see many kings...more

2008 World Series: Muscle from Moscow

For the coming few weeks, just as for the past several years, the PokerStars blog will do its collective darndest to bring you details of all the commitment, colour and creativity on display on this grandest of poker stages. And when every last drop of that stuff has been...more

2008 World Series: Don't make Raymer angry

I've never seen Greg Raymer turn green and start turning over cars. That said, I'd be careful to not make him angry. The guy rarely, if ever, tilts. In fact, the only time I've seen him really, really mad was when a heckler started making inappropriate comments about his family...more

2008 World Series: $50,000 HORSE begins

From the moment the Amazon room opened this morning, it was clear today was not going to be a normal day. The tables in the orange section of the Amazon Room had been spaced out such that you could lay two NBA players end to end on the floor and...more

2008 World Series: Hachem going deep, HORSE saddling up

And so now we look at the World Series from a different perspective. Unlike past years that saw the PokerStars Blog watch every single event, this year we rested up a bit before jumping into the middle of the madness. Today, we have climbed the stairs to the top level...more

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