WSOP Event #47: Greenstein, Schwartz in for busy afternoon

wsop2009_thn.gifThis is going to be an odd day.

Let's be honest. Today, the kickoff of the $50,000 HORSE event, has been one of the most anticipated days of the year. Who will show up? How many will enter? How many bad equine references will the PokerStars Blog make?

To be fair, that was the sole focus of the day until Event #47, $2,500 Mixed Hold'em, ended play last night with nine players remaining. Among the surviving runners? Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Ylon Shwartz. That's going to throw a wrench in things. It's a very nice wrench, but a wrench nonetheless.

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Here's how they stack up going into today's 2pm final table:

Seat 1: Bahador Ahmadi - 708000
Seat 2: Zachary Humphrey - 99000
Seat 3: Barry Greenstein - 193000
Seat 4: Hasan Habib - 114000
Seat 5: Karlo Lopez - 941000
Seat 6: Randy Haddox - 555000
Seat 7: John McGuiness - 406000
Seat 8: Ylon Schwartz - 286000
Seat 9: Matt Woodward - 653000

But, wait, the throngs exclaimed. Does this mean Barry Greenstein won't play the $50,000 HORSE event at noon?

Well, we haven't spoken to Barry yet this morning, but we'd feel pretty comfortable betting a healthy chunk of change that Greenstein will be in his seat for the noon HORSE start. We've seen Greenstein multi-table before, and it is almost ridiculous to suggest he wouldn't be giddy about playing for a bracelet while simultaneously competing in one of the world's most prestigious tournaments.

But, hell. Let's leave it with some intrigue. Let's make this one a cliffhanger. (You're going to have to imagine this in Don "In a world" LaFontaine's voice to make it work).

In a world where two tournaments exist, what can one man do? How can one man survive?

What will Barry Greestein do?

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker