WSOP Event #40: Steady as she goes as final table gets under way
After all the raising frenzy and wild swings earlier, it is perhaps not too surprising that the final table of the WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha has got off to a slow start.
Not that any of these nine finalists are prepared to sit back and climb the money positions, it's just that with a bracelet in sight, they want to feel each other out before getting committed early.
The final was delayed by more than 30 minutes as the internet broadcast got ready, and when the start came early skirmishes amounted to raise pre-flop and take it, as well as the occasional walk.
Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, who began as one of the shorter stacks, decided to get things moving a little by raising four 24,000 limpers to 124,000. He got two callers and his 200,000 continuation bet on the K♣Q♥J♥ flop was enough to take the pot - and his stack back above the million mark and slightly above average.
Expect things to get a little looser very soon.
Current chip counts:
Josh Arieh, 1,600,000
Matt Graham, 1,150,000
Barry Greenstein, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,114,000
Richard Austin, 1,050,000
Robin Keston, 1,012,000
Vitaly Lunkin, 880,000
Ferit Gabriellson, 760,000
Stefan Mattsson, 652,000
Van Marcus, 460,000