WSOP Main Event: Numero One

wsop2009_thn.gifAs was always to be expected, action has been slow in the Amazon Room today. The plan was to trim the field from 27 to nine, with an indefinite period allotted to do so, and the line was set at somewhere around three in the morning. That said, it hasn't been that slow and our ninth player of the day, Tommy Vedes, has just departed.

He followed the PokerStars qualifier Jonathan Tamayo out of the Amazon Room. Tamayo couldn't get any traction today, and when he found ace-queen, Eric Buchman had found kings.

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Jonathan Tamayo

Tamayo took more than $350,000, and now with 18 players left, the field is now condensed around two tables. Cut it in half again and we have our final nine.

The figures coursing through those opening paragraphs are a mere taster for the below. In the spirit of the press release received yesterday, revealing such fascinating facts as the length of wire used to cover the World Series for broadcast, here is the PokerStars Blog facts and figures dump, crunching the numbers behind the digits behind the Greatest Blog on Earth.

Facts* are true at time of writing, 3.30pm, July 15.

Players remaining in the 2009 World Series Main Event: 18
PokerStars players remaining: 6 (Kevin Schaffel, Jamie Robbins, Ben Lamb, Nick Maimone, Andrew Lichtenberger, James Akenhead)

Highest finishing Team PokerStars Pro: Dennis Phillips (45th - $178,857)
Representatives of Team PokerStars Pro in the money: Phillips, Peter Eastgate (78th), Noah Boeken (96th), Joe Hachem (103rd) Bertrand Grospellier (122nd), Thierry van den Berg (138th), Ben Kang (246th)

PokerStars qualifiers cashing (so far): 82
Nothing into somethings: FPP qualifiers cashing so far: 2 (593rd - Preben Norup, 611th - Ben Tang, both winning $21,365)

Players outlasted by Peter Eastgate in two years of the World Series Main Event play: 13,259

Blog posts from WSOP 2009 Main Event (excluding this one): 143
Blog posts from WSOP 2009 Main Event (including this one): 144

English-language PokerStars blog reporters at WSOP Main Event: 3
Foreign-language PokerStars blog reporters at WSOP Main Event: 4 (German, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish)
Mad Harpers: 1

Approximate number of photographs taken by Joe Giron: 4,800
Video blogs provided from 2009 WSOP: 100

Length of wire used to produce PokerStars Blog: 26 feet (three laptop cables)
Number of pounds of equipment used to produce PokerStars Blog: 17 (two PC laptops and a Mac)

Combined approximate laundry bill for PokerStars Blog: $333
Combined hangovers of PokerStars Blog through Main Event: 19
Combined projected hangovers among PokerStars Blog at end: 3

*Embellishments and exaggerations were never true.

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20th - George Caragiorgas (kings against Maimone's Q♥J♥)
21st - Jonathan Tamayo (A♠Q♦ against the pocket kings of Eric Buchman)
22nd - Warren Zackey (2♠2♥ against Ian Tevelli's Q♠J♠)
23rd - Marco Mattes (5♣5♥ against the 8♣8♠ of Joe Cada)
24th - Antonio Esfandiari (5♥5♦ against the K♣T♣ of Steven Begleiter)

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The momentum behind Nick Maimone shows no sign of abating. He found pocket kings, flopped top set, got George Caragiorgas to put all his remaining chips in the middle on a flush draw, and turned quads to quash any hopes of being outdrawn. Caragiorgas was eliminated in 20th.

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"If you need help carrying your chips, I'll be happy to help you." -- a tournament staffer to the members of the breaking outer table as they filled in the final two tables.

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Six breakfast sandwiches sit uneaten in a back hallway in an open, unheated chafing dish. Four are bookended by English muffins (which we all known are completely foreign to actual English people). The other two are topped with croissants. Props bets to ensue.

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"It's a lot of fun." --  Steven Begleiter shortly after cracking Ben Lamb's aces with J-9

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Sharing a chair at the World Series