WSOP Event #6: I don't want to sit at THAT table
Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein was waiting patiently for his tournament to get going, long after the rest of the $10,000 World Championship 7-card Stud event had started. Only six had turned up on his table - and two of them were husband and wife Jennifer Harman and Marco Traniello.
Now there's no suggestion these two would ever collude, but one of them had to move, which meant Traniello needed to swap seats with a player waiting for his own table to fill up.
While Traniello walked over, the unfortunate replacement took one look at his new seat, where Harman, David Benyamine and Greenstein sat twiddling their thumbs, and shook his head.
"I don't want to sit at THAT table," he said.
But the tournament director is king, and off he trundled to try his luck against some of the game's most feared names. And it was to get worse - Eli Elezra and Andy Bloch sat down soon after.
The Rio is heaving today, with any fears that the WSOP would get off to a slow start well and truly swept away by a colourful and noisy tide of bracelet hopefuls. There's stuff going on everywhere you look, with action including:
- The $10,000 World Championship 7-card Stud, day 1
- The $1,000 No limit, day 2
- The$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, day 1
- The Champions Invitational, day 2
- Cash games
- And more satellites than NASA's back catalogue
Add to that the thousands of railbirds and the just plain curious who wander down from the Rio to the Amazon Room and find themselves in a strange new world, and you've got quite a mix.
The $10K Stud event is always select, not just because of the buy-in, but the game itself. Not many play it when Texas Hold'em, and increasingly Omaha are the online labours of love.
So far 120 are registered to play - among them Team PokerStars Pros Katja Thater, Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu (who has taken a shot at every event so far), Chad Brown and Dario Minieri. Then there is Bill Chen, Friend of PokerStars, who has a mathematical brain that suits this game just fine.
They started with 30,000 - three times the buy-in like all events this year - and before long the chips were flying; it may not have that "no limit" element, but it's an action game all right.
Thater, nestling under a straw cowboy hat and enjoying a level one massage (as is Negreanu and Brown) got her campaign off to a flyer, finding eights full to rake in a 3,500 pot in the first few orbits. But she knows it's a long, and very busy road here at the Rio
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