2008 World Series: LOL Walkaments

Not that it matters, but I'm staying at the Palms. Every day, I walk over here to the Rio. It's rare that anything changes along the way. The poker room in the main casino is generally half-full with low-limit players. the area in front of Buzios seafood restaurant is usually empty, and the long walk from the casino to the convention hall is usually spotted with stragglers finding their seats in the days event.

The scenery changed today.

Today is the last open no-limit hold'em before the World series main event. At $1,500, it's a late-day bargain and everybody is buying. Or, at least 2,700 people are. From the poker room, to the hallways, to the Brasilia room, to the Amazon Room, everybody along that 10-minute walkament is playing in one of the biggest events you'll see around these parts.

A tournament director said a recent event of the same caliber saw, on average, five people people bust out per minute. That was a bit of an exgeration, methinks, but something along the same lines will need to happen today, because, within a few hours we're going to see a few re-starts that need some space.

The most notable of the group is the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. Eighty-six players remaining in the event, including Team PokerStars Pros Noah Boeken, Bill Chen, and Humberto Brenes. The remaining players will play down to the final table today.


Noah Boeken

Also on the re-start today is yesterday's $1,500 HORSE event. Team PokerStars Pro is well-represented in the field. Among the leaders going into Day 2 are Joe Hachem and Chad Brown. Victor Ramdim, Vicky Coren, and Luca Pagano are coming back with chips, as well.


Joe Hachem

What we walkers are seeing today is the final stages of a month-long Series of tournaments. Within a few days, the run-up will be over and the big one will begin.

For now, though, we have a Monday to get through, and there's just no walking away from something this big.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker