2008 World Series: Catching up in the $2,000 Hold'em

As the HORSE event gets ever closer to the nail biter stage across the rail is the other tournament of the day – the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event.

Some bemoan the numerous Hold’em events each year, attracting thousands of players from around the world for a relatively modest buy-in. But they continue to produce some of the most cut-throat and volatile poker of the year.

Take this event today. Over 2,000 players signed up this morning and after four one hour levels half of them were already on their way out, looking for something else to do with their time. That number included Team PokerStars Pros Luca Pagano and Humberto Brenes, as well as PokerStars Sponsored player Alex Kravchenko.

Of the PokerStars players who started the event only two remain. Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren is one, whilst Russian pro and PokerStars Sponsored player Kiril Garasimov is the other, hanging on well.


Vicky Coren

I say “hanging on” as stack wise the future is not so bright for our two flag bearers. Whilst Vicky tip toes along with 7,100 (the average right now is closer to 30K) Kiril Garasimov leads a high-wire existence, moving all-in a few moments ago, doubling up in a three way pot that turned into a coup. He watched as the other two players beat each other up before he took the bulk of what was in the middle, something of the order of 15,000.


Kiril Garasimov

But all this talk of short stacks has never stopped them before and is unlikely to now. The carnage may be cruel, the pace relentless, but the money is edging ever closer and anything can happen in the next few hours.