WSOP Event #49: Greenstein looking to make it four for four

wsop2009_thn.gifThe $50,000 HORSE event that began today does not have a long history, but in just four years it has established itself as one of the most prized championships in all of poker. Over the past three years, several big name players have put together double cashes in the event. Only one person has made it to the money every year.

Barry Greenstein has cashed in every $50,000 HORSE event ever played, and each year he has improved on his previous performance. In 2006, Greenstein squeaked into the money in 12th place. The next two years, he placed seventh and sixth.

Today--a day when nearly half the field showed up hours late--Greenstein was the latest arrival. His fifth place run in the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event kept him out of the HORSE event for the first three 90 minute levels. Blinds and antes took 16,000 chips out of his 150,000 starting stack while he was gone. It barely took him any time at all to get all those chips back.

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The five other people flying the PokerStars flag in today's tournament have combined for two total cashes in the event. Daniel Negreanu and Greg Raymer have both cashed in the event one time. Chad Brown, Alexander Kranchenko, and Bill Chen, despite all being exceptionally accomplished tournament players, have yet to put up a $50,000 HORSE result.

It's almost impossible to handicap this field. There is no tournament field with a better collection of players. Though there are maybe a few people who might want to debate it, it is not a stretch to call this the toughest tournament in the world. It took the entire day to bust the first player. Steve Zolotow just busted and is the only player to have been eliminated so far.

Two hours of play remain tonight, and then four more days and several dozen eliminations before we'll know whether Greenstein can keep the streak going.

Brad Willis
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