WSOP Main Event: Blue 6

wsop2009_thn.gifThere used to be a time the World Series was small enough the Tournament Director could say, "You're sitting at that table over there. Put your tail in the chair and play." Eventually, the crowds necessitated numbering the tables. Now, the WSOP is so big, the tables have numbers and colors.

Now down under 60 players, it would be just as easy to say, "You're sitting over there, buddy." Still, the colors remain and the one called Blue 6 started with one of the most crowded rails. It's evident why.

Team PokerStars Pro Dennis Phillips sits in the three-seat and his Clones are closing in. A few seats down sat crowd favorite Joe Sebok. Just to his left is popular PokerStars player Nick "fu_15" Maimone. Sebok drew most of the PokerRoad staff and his dad (some guy named Barry), Dennis had his clones, and Maimone has the online crowd.

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Maimone, a trim and energetic graduate of Greenville, South Carolina's Furman University came into today with nearly five million chips, good for 10th place out of the 64 starters. Known for a long time on the underground circuit, Maimone (known as fu_15 online) came into his own as an online tournament player and has several big scores to his name.

Today, Maimone can't stop moving. In between every hand, he's up on his feet, fingering his iPhone, and walking around with a confident smile. When told he's going to run his phone battery down, he smiles. "I know. I'm so ADD," he confesses.

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It was Maimone who put an end to Sebok's day. First it was Sebok's jacks versus Maimone's ace-ten. Then it was a short-stack button shove from Sebok with ace-nine. He ran into up Maimone's ace-queen.

With Sebok gone, the rail on Blue 6 is a bit lighter. With the action getting as tense as it is, expect that to change in about five, four, three...

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WORLD CHAMPION OF THE HOUR

Tom McEvoy, without the cowboy hat, has entered the Amazon Room and joined the rail.

POKERSTARS PLAYER OF THE HOUR

Tom Schneider doubles up holding ace-eight.

MOST VOCAL WIFE OF THE HOUR

Julie Schnieder after her husband Tom doubled up.

STATISTIC OF THE HOUR

Beer average on rail around table four: 3

OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR

I was playing in the Wynn and getting killed. So I went to O'Sheas and played some limit. I did better.


VIDEO OF THE HOUR


Watch WSOP 2009: The importance of poker math on PokerStars.tv

SPECTATOR DIALOGUE OF THE HOUR

Railbird: King! King! (the flop is dealt out of view)... did we hit the king? (yes) Hoooh!

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker