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 of the WSOP media press box and now look down on the tournament floor for the first time this year. It simultaneously feels exceptionally familiar and like something brand new.

We flew in yesterday in anticipation of the $50,000 HORSE event that kicks off in about five hours. The world's top pros are piling their money and saddling up for the five-day marathon. I am here with longtime PokerStars bloggers Howard Swains and Stephen Bartley from now until they kick us out of here.

With five hours to go today before the start of the HORSE event, we turn our attention to events already in progress. Of most important note at this hour is Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem's deep run in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low event. The players in that event will reach the money today and play down to the final table.


The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Rebuy event is kicking off as I type. It's always a fun one to watch and should provide us with some entertainment as the day progresses.

In short, we're back in Vegas and here for the long-haul now. Keep it here for all you need to know on Team PokerStars Pro, PokerStars qualifiers, and the occasional behind-the-scenes look at the world's biggest poker festival.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker