WSOP Diary Day 19: Maria Mayrinck, something in the water
I'm convinced there's something in the water in Maria Mayrinck's household. Her boyfriend, David 'WhooooKidd' Baker, is ripping up the World Series of Poker, cashing four times already for more than $600,000, including a bracelet in the in $10,000 2-7 NL Draw Lowball. The man is running as hot as a tin roof in Las Vegas.
Team PokerStars Pro Mayrinck has been his biggest supporter - despite having to miss that Lowball final table as she was playing the LAPT event in Peru - and now it's her turn to put on a show. She finished well in the $2,500 No Limit six-handed event last night, bagging up 77,200 and nicely positioned towards the top of the 156 survivors from an impressive 1,245 entries.
It seems there really is something in the water. It's called good Karma. You see, Mayrinck is on an environmental mission here at the WSOP to conserve plastic. Thousands and thousands of plastic water bottles are used then dumped each day by players and she wants to cut that down.
"I really want to make players more aware in helping the environment and use less plastic water bottles during the Series," she said. "I've been Tweeting about it and said that I will be giving out bottles to people who ask me for one so they can fill up and take to/from home to the Rio with water so not waste so much plastic. This is something that is very important to me."
It's a worthy cause and one we support. Let's hope the water Karma continues through today's day two of the tournament. They're 30 short of the money right now.
Still in, and doing super well is Team PokerStars Pro Florian Langmann on 111,500, and Daniel Negreanu (53,000) who, as usual, attracted a big rail to his table. Johannes Steindl (30,600) avoided trouble as well.
This event drew a huge list of Team Pros. As well as the three above, all the following were unable to make progress: ElkY, Barry Greenstein, Hevad Khan, Andre Akkari, Vanessa Rousso, Lex Veldhuis, Alex Kravchenko, Jason Mercier, Gavin Griffin, Humberto Brenes and Bill Chen.
Veldhuis was a little unlucky, getting his money in with pocket kings against Jeremy Ausmus' ace-king - with an ace falling on the river. Brenes was all in with 9♥9♦ and up against Ben Maerefat's A♥Q♥, and the board ran 6♦7♠3♠Q♣7♣ to send The Shark home.
Meanwhile, in the first day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better, Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske bagged up 22,800, one of 208 from 644 starters to get through. Unfortunately for PokerStars, George Lind, Greg Raymer, JP Kelly, Chad Brown
Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mericer and Michael Keiner were not among them.
Finaly, respect to Sammy Farha who took down the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better event for $488,237 after a marathon final table that only wrapped up at around 7am this morning. Congratulations, too, to Brit James Dempsey who got $301,790 for second place, just short of winning his second WSOP bracelet within weeks.
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Tweets of the Day
@RealKidPoker (Daniel Negreanu): Ha just realized I traded 5pct with Yuegi Zhu in the Omaha and he finished third. Nice job man!
@DocPoker (Michael Keiner): Busted in Level 6 with 3 terrible beats in a row. Good news: now i can play the PLO tomorrow.
@Maridu (Maria Mayrinck): Table change & none other then phil ivey to my left, srsly?
@aakkari (Andre Akkari): Who limp call with AK in the 6 handed Wsop tournament should be banned of the Wsop forever!
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Thought of the Day
Give me some of that water
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Previous WSOP Diary entries
WSOP Diary: Who needs a rest anyway?
WSOP Diary: An apology
WSOP Diary: George Danzer just misses first bracelet for PokerStars
WSOP Diary: Negreanu, Danzer eye $10K Lowball bracelet
WSOP Diary: Hold me, darling - this is going to be BIG
WSOP Diary: Why Peter Eastgate is missing from the World Series
WSOP Diary: Ville Wahlbeck joins Team PokerStars Pro
WSOP Diary: Durrr misses biggest-ever poker payday, pros overjoyed
WSOP Diary: Poker's clean-up operation begins again
WSOP Diary: Manchester United soccer star Darren Fletcher tackles World Series of Poker
WSOP Diary: $10,000 Stud Championsip draws big names
WSOP Diary: Nh, gg, wp Daniel Negreanu, k?
WSOP Diary: Grinding out $1.5million with perfect timing
WSOP Diary: Team Pro Maridu needs Baker, Baker needs dough
WSOP Diary: Viva la revolution in Las Vegas
WSOP Diary: Safari, so good for Noah Boeken
WSOP Diary: Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the $50K
WSOP Diary: Going supersize in Las Vegas