WSOP Main Event: The hour when nothing happened
I've said it before and I will say it again.
This is the happiest day of the year for poker.
At no other point in any poker tournament anywhere can more than 600 people be simultaneously so happy. With 649 players remaining, only one of the people left in this room will walk out without money. When the bubble finally bursts, the largest collective of smiles Las Vegas will explode. It's enough positive energy to teach the world to sing.
It just hasn't happened yet.
We are now 90 minutes into hand-for-hand with only eight hands in the books. We've come close a couple of times, most notably when a short-stack was due to have his aces cracked by K-J on a K-J-x flop. The board went runner-runner deuces to save the man and we're still at 649 players.
Even the most jaded of poker writers--those who long ago stopped finding joy in the rote descriptions of poker--are buoyed by the potential joy that's about to explode.
It could happen right now...it's kings versus aces...and the kings laid down pre-flop.
Again, we're just going to have to wait.
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QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"Guess what players.... you are NOT in the money, let's deal the next hand. I'm sorryI couldn't help myself. I'll take a penalty for slow rolling. Sorry. " - Jack Effel, Tournament Director
CHANT OF THE HOUR
"Jack, jack, jack, jack!" --the entire Amazon Room after it's announced an all-in player is holding pocket aces up against A-J.
TWEET OF THE HOUR
"And, yet, another hand..." @JeffreyPollack
MASSAGE OF THE HOUR
Three players, side by side, all getting scalp massages at the same time.
SWEAT OF THE HOUR
Ylon Schwartz hanging out in the Amazon Room, obviously waiting for...somebody to cash out.
NOTABLE HAND OF THE HOUR
A rumble from the feature table but no news of an elimination. People are starting to wise up to the fact that they applaud every hand on the main stage so ignore it. Then excitement on table Orange 64. Two microphone booms arrive pursued by two cameras. One player has a decision to make but in the throng no one can tell who. It's the type of scenario normally played out in glass cages while behavioural analysts look on. Somewhere a man laughs hysterically while others stand on chairs. The crowd clears making you wonder if anything happened in the first place. Dealers deal another hand.
VIDEO OF THE HOUR
Watch WSOP 2009: Main Event Day 3 Wrap on PokerStars.tv