2008 World Series: Players everywhere

Today is the day when our reporting team faces its sternest test to date. We may have previously grown eyes in the back of our heads, learned how to be in two places at once, and taken on the physique of Stretch Armstrong to allow us to type updates onto our computers from the various rooms in the Rio, but even the whole roster at Marvel Comics would find it tough to get all the news to you today.

Just to recap, here's what's happening today at the World Series: in the final of the $50,000 HORSE event, we have Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, and PokerStars sponsored player Matt Glantz. With seven players remaining, both are still in the hunt.

Update: Two seconds after we hit publish on this post, Greenstein exited the HORSE event in sixth place for $355,200 after his Stud-round aces-up fell to Scotty Nguyen's three sevens. Congrats, Barry, on another great run.

Meanwhile, in the final of the $2,000 no limit hold 'em, which is taking place just outside the bleechers of the main arena, PokerStars sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov is one of six still standing.


A chip-flick south of that table are the thirty or so tables accommodating the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event, featuring Team PokerStars Pros ElkY, Dario Minieri, Daniel Negreanu, Tom McEvoy, Bill Chen, Humberto Brenes, Victor Ramdin, John Duthie, Noah Boeken, Chris Moneymaker, Chad Brown and William Thorson. Then to add more fun to the proceedings, a $1,500 HORSE event just began, attracting Humberto Brenes, Daniel Negreanu, Luca Pagano, Katja Thater and Isabelle Mercier among 759 hopefuls.

Done yet? No. No we're not.

In the Brasilia room, down the corridor from the shenanigans in the Amazon Room, RaiNKhaN is going ever deeper into the money in the $1,500 no limit hold 'em event. He was low on chips early in the tournament but rallied throughout the second half of yesterday to get past the bubble and pick up his first cash of this year's Series.


With 70 players left, from the starting 2,700-odd, he has just less than average chips, but plenty of experience in huge MTTs.

Latest: Kirill Gerasimov's remarkable $2,000 hold 'em tournament is over. He went out in sixth place, for $177,111, approximately $177,111 more than it looked like he could make when he was down to just 12,000 in chips yesterday. His elimination does not mean any respite for the reporters, however, since Gerasimov will now hot-foot it back to the PLO tournament, where he'll pick up the chips he left on the table in order to play the hold 'em final. Who knows where this will end.