WSOP Event #4: Madness and carnage... it can only be the $1K
After the casino staff played event #1, the high rollers coughed up $40,000 for event #2, and folk who play tricky games like Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better played event #3, the seething masses today got what they wanted to kick off their WSOP - the $1,000 no limit hold'em "Stimulous" event, so called because tournament staff wanted something big to help the first weekend go with a bang.
Well, let me tell you, it's not so much a bang as an explosion... an incredible 6,000 have registered, with half of them sitting down today for 1A, and the other half coming tomorrow for their shot at World Series glory.
With the relatively small buy-in attracting such huge numbers, some have cruelly called this a donkfest. That's a little unkind, and a quick walk around the rooms (yes, the throng means the players are spread around four rooms, from the main Amazon all the way up to the Rio casino area) shows big names are taking this as seriously as they would any event. And why not? There's a bracelet to be won, after all.
So joining the 6,000 or so "Joe Publics" are some of the game's stars. There's Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Rousso (fresh from her $78,000 cash in the $40,000 event), Ivan Demidov and there was Maridu Mayrinck, but word reaches us of her early demise.
And while all this blood-letting is going on, day three of the $40,000 event is due to start soon, with Team PokerStars Pros Greg Raymer and Lex Veldhuis in the hunt for big money, as well as day two of the Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better, where Chad Brown and Andre Akkari are still going strong.
It's going to be a busy day!