WSOP Main Event: On the long road

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There's a long road ahead of us and it's called Highway18-9. It disappears over the horizon long away in the distance but while it stretches across the desert the road is in fact air conditioned and you don't move along it, it moves along you. The road is carpeted, lined by spectators and following along are the likes of us watching to see who falls off. It's that final run between 18 and nine, a November nine.

But despite warning signs on the verges of slow progress ahead the last hour has seen three players pushed out of the bandwagon, including PokerStars qualifier Andrew Lichtenberger. His World Series ended in 18th place when he bet out pre-flop to go heads up to the 3♦3♣6♣ flop with Darvin Moon. Again Lichtenberger bet, 680,000 this time before Moon re-raised to 1.5 million. Lichtenberger moved in with all he had and was called, showing J♥J♦ to Moon's K♣K♥. For him, the road ahead is now closed.

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Elsewhere Nick "running like God" Maimone finally lost a hand. It was no stack killer, getting out kicked by Steve Begleiter king-jack vs ace-jack, but Maimone still no closer to earth, orbiting around the 10 million mark.

Following Lichtenberger to the door are Ian Tevelli in 17th place, falling away as the clock reached the end of the level, then Frenchman Ludovic Lacay, a familiar European Poker Tour regular (and former finalist), who was all-in on the other table at the same time. He departs in 16th.


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FACT OF THE HOUR

Four players started the day with less than 2 million in chips. Only one of them remains. That is Nick "fu_15" Maimone, who started with 1,540,000 and now has in the neighborhood of ten million.

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OBSERVATION OF THE HOUR

The last three main event winners have had a 'G' in their surname (Eastgate, Yang, Gold). After the elimination of Andrew Lichtenberger only Steve Begleiter can make it four.

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DECONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUR

poker-kitchen.jpgThe Poker Kitchen, once home to everything from tacos to sushi (not to mention the famed Bobbie sandwich) is now a mere shell of itself in the service lot behind the Amazon Room

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TOURNAMENT HOUSEKEEPING OF THE HOUR

We've reached the end of level 31. The new level will 100,000-200,000 with a 30,000 ante. Just 15 players remain.

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JOE GIRON PHOTO HOUR

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