WSOP Event #24: End of the road for PokerStars' Gualter Salles
Brazilian motor racing team boss Gualter Salles had been in overdrive for the last two days, roaring up the leaderboard in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. But unfortunately he's just done the poker equivalent of running out of fuel on the last lap, falling in 12th place, just short of a final table place.
Ironically the Friend of PokerStars, who has made his name by winning on the track, fell when he lost a classic race against Alan Jaffray.
It was folded around to Salles in the small blind, who opened with a raise to 90,000, leaving around 350,000 behind. Jaffray, who is bizarrely sporting a large-brimmed ladies hat, complete with red rose, took one look at his cards and announced "All in." Salles did not like that too much - he stood up, took a drink, scratched his forehead, then announced "Call", much to the excitement of the Brazilians on the rail, including Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Alex Gomes.
The race was on - but it was brought to an abrupt end when the board ran 3♠8♥2♥8♦Q♦. "Why did you do that to me?" said Salles, as he offered good luck to the remaining players.
As he wandered off to collect his $51,755 cash, I wrote just two more words in my notebook: "Man down."