WSOP Main Event: Friends

wsop2009_thn.gif On day one of last year's World Series Main Event, Daniel Negreanu was positioned on the secondary feature table with three unknown PokerStars qualifiers. This table draw was responsible for one of the most criminally-laboured blog post analogies ever seen on PokerStars blog -- I thank you -- but it also yielded the introduction to the poker world of Darus Suharto, who would become increasingly well known over the coming weeks.

Negreanu busted from the table before that dead-horse metaphor had even been fully flogged, but Suharto wouldn't finish his Main Event until November. He flew under all radars, navigated all choppy waters, dodged all bullets, and sidestepped all further analogies (until now) and emerged blinking at the Penn and Teller Theater to play the final table, winning a magnificent $2,418,562 for sixth place. Then he went back to his job as an accountant in Toronto.

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Darus Suharto

Suharto did not give up entirely on poker, however. Far from it. He became an official "Friend of PokerStars" in the past year and has continued to appear at the major events around the world, cropping up at the PCA in January, where he took 13th in a side event, then the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, and then back to Las Vegas this summer, where he recorded his third career WSOP cash. Today in the Amazon Room, Suharto also became a friend of an NBA champion, the LA Laker Jordan Farmar, who continues his fine run at the poker table.

Suharto and Farmar couldn't be more dissimilar. One is the unassuming accountant, the other the talkative basketball player who writes a blog for Playboy. But poker is a great leveller, and having been sat next to one another for much of today, they're finding common ground. Suharto has been happily welcoming Farmar to the PokerStars stable -- the point guard is a sponsored player here -- and offering advice such as not to bet 30,000 into an 8,000 pot. "Yeah, but how's your lay-up Darus?" Farmer did not retort.

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Jordan Farmar

It was all particularly friendly over there in the red section, until their table was broken and the new friends were scattered across the Amazon Room. See you at the final table? Well, statistics would say possibly not. But maybe a drink in the bar isn't out of the question sometime later in the week.

PokerStars' other sponsored celebrities are also alive and battling well. Marlon Wayans continues to entertain another very laid back table, and has also been hogging the ESPN television crew circling in that area of the green section.

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Marlon Wayans

Lou Diamond Phillips, most recently the winner of "I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" is also proving his durability to the jungle again. He is still in the thick of it as we return from the day 2b dinner break. A nice snack of locust and kangaroo testicle parfait, no doubt.

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Lou Diamond Phillips


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DRAWLED AND GROWLED INSTRUCTION TO POKERSTARS BLOGGER OF THE HOUR

"Tell 'um ole' Jack still here, pal. Ole' man still goin'" -- There you go, folks. 'Ole Jack still here.

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SQUEAKY WHEEL TWEET OF THE HOUR

"27k. They just moved paul mcgriel to the table. The poker Gods really want me to do well. No more mistakes." -- Maridu

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STATISTIC OF THE HOUR

Time taken between return of players from dinner break and first bust out: 9 seconds

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BILLBOARD BAD BEAT OF THE HOUR

Above Velvet Lion strip club: "What happens in Vegas, GOD KNOWS, for the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH!"

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TREAT OF THE HOUR


What does Marcel Luske do when he busts out of the Main Event? He hangs around the Rio and has a good time. Moments ago, the was heeard to exclaim in the hallways of the Rio, "Let's get ice cream." Moments later, he was doing just that, where he described his Main Event performances as...quoting here..."smelly." Since then, though, "Everything has been good," he said.

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JOE GIRON'S PICTURE HOUR

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Joe Hachem's book signing