WSOP Main Event: So good they named them twice

wsop2009_thn.gifWhen the PokerStars qualifier Brian Hansen left his hotel room this morning, he was headed to the Rio and a chip stack of 333,500, which put him in the top 25 of the tournament. When his table broke midway through the afternoon, sending him from the overspill Brasilia Room and into the main tournament arena, he disappeared, along with a 650,000-plus chip stack.

Although all the remaining players in the World Series of Poker Main Event are now housed between the same four walls, there are still more than 1,000 of them and it remains possible to vanish from the eyes of even the swarms of media reporters buzzing around the Amazon Room. It means, however, that on the "official" tournament chip counts, which are occasionally flashed up on monitors for railbirds to get an overview of the play's progress, Hansen is frozen in time near the top of the tree. He might still have 650,000, he might have more or he might have less. When someone finds him, we'll let you know.

In the meantime, can I offer you Brennan Hanson? The near-namesake of Hansen is also a near chip-sake. Hanson, from Canada, started with 281,800 today, but now has much closer to 620,000 and is currently locatable in the red section of the Amazon Room. If he looks to his right, however, he will see the encroaching line of empty tables, meaning his happy gathering will also soon break, sending him into the anonymity of the throngs. But we can definitely confirm his current location: he's wearing a grey hoodie, gold-rimmed sunglasses and a PokerStars patch. Here's a photo to prove it:

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Brennan Hanson

Hanson is on form at the moment. He took down a $500 tournament at the Venetian earlier this month, good for $79,000, which was the second-largest victory of his career. The largest? Right here at the World Series Main Event in 2006, where his 42nd place was worth close to $250,000.

On the theme of on-form players who are also named twice, how about Nasr El Nasr? He's another PokerStars qualifier with north of 550,000 - and he has been on fire on the EPT in the past season. He final tabled in Prague, finished 46th in Germany, and then came fifth in the World Series shootout event last month.

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Nasr El Nasr

El Nasr is chewing the fat this afternoon with David Benjamine and Dragan Galic, but has them both well covered in chips.

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POTENTIAL TEAM POKERSTARS PRO CANNIBALISM OF THE HOUR

JC Alvarado and Peter Eastgate are now on the same table.

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BUSTED PLAYER FACT OF THE HOUR

Number of players who answer when a just eliminated player wishes everyone good luck: 0

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BELLOWED CHIP COUNT OF THE HOUR

"Howard! Howard! One fifty."--Maria Mayrinck passing media row on her way to her break.

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TOUGH TABLE OF THE HOUR

Phil Hellmuth, Chris Bjorin and Alex Kostritsyn.

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JOE GIRON'S PHOTO HOUR

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Cowboys and Indians: Chris Ferguson and Andy Fields

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VIDEO BLOG OF THE HOUR

Our hero, your hero, everyone's hero: Nelly.


Watch WSOP 2009: Nelly on his WSOP campaign on PokerStars.tv