WSOP Main Event: The outer reaches

wsop2009_thn.gifIn 2006, I specifically bought a pair of Ecco shoes to save my feet during the long and multiple walks across the vast Amazon Ballroom. In subsequent years, I bought more Eccos as the WSOP expanded to the Brasilia Room and other nearby convention ballrooms. This year, I'm considering renting a scooter -- at least for today.

After three Day 1 flights with fewer than 2,000 people, Day 1D sold out and pushed players a quarter mile or so away to the casino corridors. An empty slot pit in front of Buzio's Seafood Restaurant is home to 13 lucky tables. A patch of carpet in front of the main poker room (still farther away) hosts another five tables. Those tables seat the 160 or so lucky players who got into the Main Event before it sold out.

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A security guard blocks the tourney registration room


Sellout is an odd term here, because none of the the first three Day 1 flights came close to selling out. Only this popular final day hit the cap. The result? A frustrated and angry mob of people in the Rio hallways demanding to be granted entry to the world's biggest poker event. They were told, in essence, "Tough luck."

Now, though, rumors are circulating around the Rio that some provisions may be made those who procrastinated. If that's the case, I'm definitely getting the scooter.


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ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR

Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri was eliminated during the first level of the day.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE TWEET OF THE HOUR

"vamo la brasil, chegou a hora, 30 mil fichas blinds 50/100, eh hora de jogar poker de gente grande, que a forca esteja com os brazucas!!!!" ---@aakkari (Yeah, we don't know what it says either)

STATISTIC OF THE HOUR

Number of bags of uneaten Taco Bell on Dealer Coordinator riser floor: 5

NEW DEFINITION OF 'ALL-IN' OF THE HOUR

"Do you have to give up your beef jerkey when you get knocked out?" --Player lovingly fingering his promo bag of Jack's Links jerkey

STATISTIC #2 OF THE HOUR

Number of packets of chewing gum in front of Humberto Brenes: 4
Number of plastic sharks "guarding" them: 2

ATTEMPTED FREE-ROLL OF THE HOUR

"Ouch, that's too expensive. Do you take beef jerky?" -- player to massage
therapist during level one


VIDEO OF THE HOUR


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