2008 World Series: Team PokerStars Pro + HORSE = Cash

A few days ago, Team PokerStars Pro made a thoroughbred effort in the $50,000 HORSE championship, with Katja Thater and Chad Brown going way deep before busting just short of the money, Daniel Negreanu holding a penultimate day chip lead before fading and finishing 13th, and Barry Greenstein going all the way to the final table, for the second consecutive year, finally finishing sixth.

Today is something of a Groundhog Day for those of us who followed that tournament. It's day two of the $1,500 HORSE event at the World Series, and as we edge close to the final table, with 35 of an initial 803 left, Team PokerStars Pro again has three contenders still chipped up and stirring the mix. Chad Brown, vanquished in that championship event, is back stronger than ever here and has about 80,000. Joe Hachem, who missed the $50,000 event to focus on cashing in the Omaha hi-lo, has 62,000 and Victor Ramdin, with two cashes already this Series, has added a third. He has 60,000.

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They're going to be playing into the wee hours in the Brasilia Room, ideally to fix a final table, but until 3am maximum if they don't, according to tournament officials. By that time, day one of the $1,500 hold 'em event, taking place in the Amazon Room, will be in the books. The bubble took a while to burst there, but when it did, Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Vanessa Rousso were on the right side of the exploding lather. Akkari was seen stalking out of the room not long after the watershed, but that'll be the Brazilian pro's first WSOP in the bag.

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During the dinner break in the HORSE, Victor Ramdin joined the video bloggers in the Champions Lounge at the Rio to have a game of pool. As we've established many years ago, he's no slouch around the poker table, but who knew of this pool-playing prowess as well?


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