WSOP Event #2: Rousso chasing more high-roller success
The last level was not a good one for Team PokerStars Pro. Ivan Demidov went, then Gavin Griffin, followed by Joe Hachem and finally Dennis Phillips. Thank goodness, then, for Vanessa Rousso who is ducking and diving to keep her stack healthy.
Only a few weeks ago in Monte Carlo, I reported on her stunning EPT €25,000 High Roller win, a result that showed her previous good results were no fluke. This event will take even more skill, courage and a bit of luck to take down. With blinds shooting up to 1,500-3,000 with 400 ante, there is no point in simply hanging around - and Rousso is certainly at her best when attacking. It's a dangerous tactic, of course, and her stack today has been up and down as a result.
Up to 177,000 in the first level from her 120,000 starting stack, her stack down again to 140,000 or so. While Lex Veldhuis and Chris Moneymaker continue to fight for the chip lead, Rousso sits ahead of the other Team Pro players Greg Raymer, John Duthie and Johannes Strassmann.
Rousso had shared the same felt as Ivan Demidov for most of the day, but he was unable to repeat the magic he found to final table the WSOP main event last year. His stack never got any forward momentum, and he finally bust when his A-K ran into the pocket kings of Eric Kesselman.
Hachem's exit was less of a clash of the big hands. He was down to his last 10,000 and made a stand from under the gun before the blinds came around to do more damage. Alas, he only held 8-10, and he never overtook Hasan Habib's A-7.
Top ten chip counts, mid way through level 9, blinds 1,500-3,000 (400). 111 players left:
Michael DeMichele, 690,000
Justin Bonomo, 570,000
Lex Veldhuis, Team PokerStars Holland Pro, 330,000
Antonia Esfandiari, 470,000
Emil Patel, 530,000
Kyle Wilson, 465,000
Chris Moneymaker, Team PokerStars Pro, 460,000
Alan Sass, 440,000
Ted Forrest, 380,000
Alex Jacob, 370,000