2008 World Series: They fell and they fell and they fell
Wow. Seriously, wow.
We may have already used that word to start a previous post from today, but it becomes no less applicable in the duplicate. Wow. Seriously, wow.
Day four started an hour late after yesterday's extended bubble shenanigans, but we ended up unplugging our laptops a full level early tonight after the carnage of one of the fastest moving days in recent World Series memory. There were 474 players returning to the Amazon Room at the outset, with the idea of playing deep into the money. With 38 minutes still remaining in level 19, the tournament staff carried out a mercy killing on the day of slaughter. There were only 189 players remaining. It had been brutal.
Immovable and irresistible in that clutch of survivors is Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin. Ramdin is the man in form and has cashed in the past four tournaments in which he has played, including a final table in the $1,500 HORSE event last week. He is now well chipped up going into day five of the biggest tournament of the year.
Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin (1,325,000)
Much of Ramdin's day took place under the studio lights of the ESPN feature table, and it'll be worth tuning in to the broadcast. Ramdin ended with 1,325,000 in chips and a reputation even further enhanced. It's going to be a pleasure to follow his progress tomorrow, and probably much further.
For the final hour of the night, Ramdin was joined on the television table by the PokerStars sponsored player Kara Scott, who continued her fairytale World Series.
Kara Scott (247,000), right, with Victor Ramdin, left
Scott, from Brighton, England, is no stranger to the television cameras, and regularly wows poker audiences as the host of the television production of the PokerStars European Poker Tour. Now she's wowing American poker audiences for her play rather than her presenting skills and finished with 247,000 and the guaranteed largest payday of her career.
Expecting similar huge cheques to hit their bank accounts in the coming week are the regular list of PokerStars qualifiers and players that have owned this main event. As ever. PokerStars qualifier Darus Suharto, from Toronto, Canada, cashed for a small amount in the main event in 2006, but is now staring at a much larger payday, provided he can translate his 1,428,000 chips into a similar amount of real money come Monday (or November).
Felix Osterland (1,470,000), another PokerStars qualifier, this time from Germany, is neck and neck with Suharto's, alongside PokerStars players Alex Outhred (1,377,000) and Ylon Schwartz (820,000).
We'll have a better estimation of the number of PokerStars players still remaining when the official counts are made public sometime in the early hours.
Of course, such is the nature of the game that one player's progression often means another's departure, and among those ending their World Series assaults today were the duo of Team PokerStars Pros with the most recognisable user-names in the business: ElkY and RaiNKhan. Bertrand and Hevad, as they are known to the Grospellier and Khan families, respectively, both perished today, but did not go home empty handed.
ElkY took $28,950 for his 370th place, but suffered a couple of coolers -- set versus straight, among them -- to end his charge.
ElkY's day is done
A few hours later, RaiNKhan's deep drive halted when he ran pocket nines into Tiffany Michelle's K-Q, a queen flopping.
Those two were joined in the cashiers' line by a whole host of PokerStars qualifiers, who have already made very good indeed on their meagre satellite entry fees. A full list of PokerStars prize winners to date can be found HERE.
For all the coverage from the Day of Carnage, see the links below.
Throughout the day, the PokerStars video blog team has been posting video blogs from the World Series on the brand new PokerStars.tv. Be sure to check out the latest videos to get the password for the PokerStars.tv freeroll.
Selected chip counts from Day 4 can be found on our 2008 World Series Chip Counts page. When the tourney staff sends out the final list for Day 5, we'll post it on the same page.
You can also catch a wrap up of the from the PokerStars video blog team...
Watch WSOP 08: Update July 11th Day 4 on PokerStars.tv
For coverage from all the previous days, we've posted summaries below.
Photos (c) 2008 by Joe Giron/IMPDI