2008 World Series: The end of a spectacular day

At the start of today, we already knew what the headline story would be in the day-end wrap. All that was open to conjecture was the size of the font we would use to proclaim Barry Greenstein's spectacular success in the $50,000 HORSE championship event. In case anyone missed it, the Team PokerStars Pro had made the final table in poker's most prestigious event for the second year in succession, his third cash out of three. Already remarkable, we had realistic hopes that Greenstein could go all the way to the title.


When it came to it, he finished the day in sixth spot and took home $355,200. Naturally, we initially felt the disappointment attendant to any bust out. But really, three cashes out of three attempts in any event is brilliant beyond measure. In the World Series $50,000 HORSE? It's something else.


We followed his progress from paddock to track and back again throughout the day, and you can recap HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Barry Greenstein, take a bow.

While all that was going on, so was plenty else. Team PokerStars and PokerStars sponsored players, were out in force in countless events. Matt Glantz took fourth in the HORSE; Hevad Khan cashed in the $1,500 hold 'em; and Kirill Gerasimov wore out the carpet between the $10,000 PLO event and the final table of the $2,000 hold 'em. He took sixth in the hold 'em for another notable result on his glittering resume.

Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pros were in and out and in again in all the other events running today. The $10,000 played down to its final 87 of 381, and among them still are Bill Chen and Noah Boeken, at least. The $1,500, baby HORSE (or "pony" event as it has been dubbed), also got underway. With less than an hour of the final level remaining, Joe Hachem, Vicky Coren, Chad Brown and Luca Pagano were still in the hunt.

It's been quite a day and the best thing about the World Series is that it'll be quite a day tomorrow. Click any link below for a recap of today's coverage or watch the video wrap of the spectacular HORSE event, featuring that Mr. Greenstein. We'll be back tomorrow. Good night from Las Vegas.

PLO running and HORSE ready to bolt
Ready to rumble
The 55 steps
Greenstein looking for traction
Players everywhere
In the shadow of the HORSE men
Planet poker
Thorson in search of his first Team cash
Dropping down with Barry Greenstein

Watch WSOP 08: Horse Final Update on PokerStars.tv

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Photography ©2008, Joe Giron/IMPDI