2008 World Series: Level 14 update
With 733 players remaining in the 2008 World Series Main Event, we are less than 100 players from the money. Below is a recap of the previous hour.
The tournament director told us just before the break that play will go hand-for-hand with nine players remaining. So, when 675 players are left in the field, play will slow down to a near stand-still as every one of the tables plays one hand and waits for everybody else to finish. The process could take hours.
What it means is that our view of the tournament is not too dissimilar to yours. We're cast to the sides and can see a sea of baseball caps, headphones and crazy hairstyles, beneath which people are doing something with cards and chips. To use our favourite descriptive headline: "Poker players are playing poker". Much else is a matter for the imagination.
From one end of the tournament area, I could just about spot the very top of a pink baseball cap with distinctive headphones stretched over it. I could recognise that hat at a 100 yards, which is just as well, because that's how far away Team PokerStars Pro's Vanessa Rousso was sitting when I noticed her.
Dashing past her -- "on the move" of course -- I counted 1 stack of yellow chips (1,000 each), 1x light blue (100), 1x dark blue (500) and only about 1/4 of orange (worth 5,000). That counts up to about 80,000 total.
At the other end of the spectrum, PokerStars player Alberto Font, from Madrid, Spain, is sitting pretty.
This one took several walk-bys to count, but it looked to me like 2 1/2 towers of orange, 16 yellows, 14 1/2 dark blue and 11 light blue (100). That adds up to a whole lot, somewhere more than 700,000 and the probable chip lead. He's cruising into the money; Vanessa is hoping to squeak in.
He moved in a half hour after the dinner break, looking over at me for one last salute of the kind brothers in arms might give ahead of a cavalry charge towards certain death.
It had certainly been heroic stand but at last Chris’s time had come. One last all-in, only delayed by two big stacks further along trying to decide who would isolate whom, before the end of an entertaining footnote to this whole affair. Ace-king for Chris, a fighting chance, king-queen for his opponent Alexander Borteh, who would drain Chris luck by catching a queen on the turn and a king on the river. But hey, Chris had got his chips in ahead.
He seemed fairly pragmatic, no dramatics, no top of the voice cry for “one time”, oft heard in these parts by the desperate. Instead, just a gracious handshake for his opponent before heading back to the hotel for some well earned rest.
“I got 25 text messages in about five minutes when my friends saw the blog. Thanks.”
It was our pleasure.
Now, sitting barefoot, with her legs crossed on the chair, she pushes another player off his hand on a flop of 4s2sJh, another re-raise good for a pot worth 50K. Another one followed, a re-raise only this time there was no action. A shame because this time she had aces. Still good though for a stack of 350,000 for Kara.
With more on Kara Scott, here's an interview from our video blog team.
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