2008 World Series: In the shadow of the HORSE men

It takes place in the shadows of the $50K HORSE final in the corner of the Amazon Room, but the $10K pot limit Omaha event rages on.

It’s a mixture - part frenetic action, part tranquil deals. For instance the energy that surged through the veins of PokerStars sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov this afternoon has been slowed by the Russian's sixth place finish in the $2K hold’em final. He has settled back into his Omaha chair now, no more standing or looking into the distance, his attention is now in one place.

Then there’s fellow PokerStars sponsored player Alex Kravchenko who stands watching as his table erupts into carnage, a loud-mouthed high-handed argument over a pot gone terribly wrong that ultimately would take four tournament officials to tame.

Then there’s Tom McEvoy. Not for Tom the whooping and hollering like those emanating from the main stage, or the high profile that the younger pros enjoy, just the established record of a tournament great; a four time bracelet holder and of course a World Champion. With two cashes already this year, in the Seniors Championship and a $1,500 pot limit hold’em, that makes it 37 cashes over a 26 year period of continuous cashing at the World Series for Tom.

Whilst Tom represents one former world champion still in the running, Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker represents another. The 2003 champion has fellow Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken for company and so far has a neat stack of 30K, just below average.

Earlier today Chris spoke to the PokerStars video blog team about his World Series preparations, feeling fresh and his advice on how to sleep.

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