WSOP Main Event: Hanging around Chad Brown

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It seems unfair to mention Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown without mentioning Shirley Rosario who has been sat to Brown's left all day so far. If it wasn't for the latter the former wouldn't currently have more than 100,000 making a nice pyramid of chips. As Rosario herself tweeted at the time: "Lost a huge pot to Chad Brown with set over set". It sets Brown up nicely after the dinner break for a period of prolonged consistency as food goes down and blinds go up.

The old adage that play slows down after the food break isn't entirely true. You don't reach final tables or the money for that matter passing on hands because you're too busy thumping your chest and working the turkey through.

Brown already has three cashes and two final tables to his name, finals that could easily have turned into bracelets in the World Championship limit hold'em and Seven Card Stuf Hi/Lo events, but which nevertheless topped up his tournament earnings to more than $2.5 million. Rosario's misfortune is just another step in his quest for a first bracelet, this main event one in particular.

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Chad Brown


But this table has some signs of reaching an impasse, talks had stopped, silence in place which seemed to slow the action and restore a cold war environment. While tables surrounding it become hives of activity, with all-ins called in all directions, hands here remained on the safe side of showdown, skimming the top from one stack and awarding it to another. But not by much.

But one player had fortune working against her.

Rosario had pressed on regardless after her setback but sometimes the gods use their influence elsewhere, turning their backs on poker for just a moment and leaving you to cope on your own. One of those moments found Rosario holding pocket sevens. She moved in on a board that seemed perfect, 9♥8♦7♦4♠2♥. But tragically for her at least it was even more perfect for her opponent who called showing J♦[10d] for the straight.

"Really bad beat" said Brown sympathetically as another hand was dealt and Rosario gathered her things and leaving as quickly as possible. The beneficiary gone Brown settled back into the waiting game. No false moves, a fresh drink, a quick chat with friends on the rail, then back to work.

Maybe there is a slow period following dinner after all.


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FORTUNE COOKIE WISDOM OF THE HOUR

"The signs of getting old? First loss of memory and after that the other two." - Steve Zolotow

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ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR

WSOP 2nd place finisher Ivan Demidov has been on a downward spiral all day long and finally went down just a little whiile ago.

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JOE GIRON'S PHOTO HOUR

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Former basketball pro John Selley

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ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR

WSOP 2nd place finisher Ivan Demidov has been on a downward spiral all day long and finally went down just a little whiile ago.

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CONTRARIAN OF THE HOUR

Tony Hachem bet out on a Q♣7♠4♠ flop. His opponent labored over his decision, before finally folding.

Opponent: "I had jacks."
Tony Hachem: "No you didn't."

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REMAINDERS OF THE HOUR

# of full Taco Bell bags on Dealer Coordinator riser at noon: 5
# of full Taco Bell bags on Dealer Coordinator rsier at 10pm: 1

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OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR

"Uh-oh, Superman is BACK!" -- LA Lakers guard Jordan Farmar