WSOP Diary Day 4: Viva la revolution in Las Vegas

wsop2010_thn.jpgThere's been endless articles written about how much electricity Las Vegas chews up. It's the lights that shine so fiercely you can see them from space, apparently. While most of us think it's pretty cool, there are those who get all hot and sweaty about the 'waste' of electricity, even if it does give off a brilliant display to any passing astronaut.

But here on the PokerStars Blog I do not wish to belittle those environmentalists/energy fanatics. In fact, while wandering the corridors of the World Series of Poker yesterday I came up with an ingenious plan. A eureka moment, if you like. Such was the rate of player arrivals, followed by equally dramatic and rapid departure numbers, I realized that Harrahs had missed out on quite an energy-saving trick.

It's the doors, you see. Thousands of players were simply walking through open doorways into the giant Amazon room, and the even gianter (is that even a word?) Pavilion room. Why not, I reasoned, install revolving doors that create electricity every time someone walks in - and even more when they rush out again, shoving extra hard to get out quick after busting in the $1,000 no limit event.

The doors would be connected to a generator that harvests the kinetic energy produced when the door spins, and a supercapacitor to store said energy.

With that idea firmly planted, I had to use my considerable mathematical skills to quickly come up with an equation to establish just how much power could be saved. I don't want to boast, but it did not take long to come up with the following*:


Now to work out the figures. Um, say 4,000 players yesterday, in and out of the door at least twice, but certainly more when you factor in routine breaks and dinner. Then there are the spectators, dealers, media and tournament staff. Of course those bad-beated will expel at least four times the force on the door and, oh, I forgot about the drunks who would simply spin round and round in them for ten minutes before finding their way out.

So, to my trusty calculator... bear with me while I tap away....

... ah. It's not that great actually, just about enough to power a few light bulbs each day or maybe an LED display - perhaps one that flashes: 'Busto, please come back soon'. Still, it's a start, and I'm sure the considerable brains of the poker-playing community could improve on it further.

Having established that I can save Las Vegas from the horror of certain meltdown, it's best to move on to what really matters at the Rio. The poker.

Yesterday started brightly (uh, oh, no more talk of lights) for Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken, setting out with a tasty stack of 439,000 chips for day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. But it went downhill fast, and he expired in a stud hand against Erik Seidel. Boeken ended up with xxx/J♥2♦J♠3♦, but he mucked when Seidel presented him with A♣A♦9♦/6♥9♥Q♦9♣ for a full house.


Noah Boeken

Team PokerStars Online player George Lind also went in a stud round when he made a straight on fifth street but ran into quads, while Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, having started the day with just 36,000 was busted by Scott Seiver in a razz hand. The Bear got all in with 7-6-3 but went on to pair twice, while Seiver ended with 8-5-4-3-2.

By the end of the day, just 21 were left in the big-wallet mixed-game event. Michael Mizrachi topped the lot with 1,483,000, just ahead of Vladimir Schmelev with 1,432,000. More notable names missing from the end-of-day counts: Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth and Eli Elezra.

Yesterday also saw day 1B of the $1,000 no limit. Numbers were huge for day 1A - 2,601 - but in the event 'only' 1,744 showed up for 1B. Among them some Team PokerStars Pros, including Jason Mercier, Dario Minieri - sporting, I may add, a Superman top that could have come in useful against the man who announced shuffle up and deal, MMA fighter Randy Couture - Alex Kravchenko, Pat Pezzin and a WSOP 2010 debut for Gavin Griffin.


Jason Mercier

Pezzin went out horribly, his pocket aces walking into flopped quad tens, while Griffin went out just as nastily, his aces cracked by Terrence Chan's Q-Q - a queen falling on the river. None of the others made it through, either, leaving only Vanessa Rousso, who survived day 1A, to come back for the combined day 2 today.

Event #4, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better, also got under way yesterday. Some 818 showed up, and only 274 of them survived to bag up chips at the end of the night. Among them were aforementioned Superman Dario Minieri (11,800), Alex Kravchenko (6,500) and George Lind (19,500), all of whom played after busting from earlier events. Those not making it included Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Humberto Brenes, George Danzer and Jason Mercier.


Daniel Negreanu


George Danzer


Humberto Brenes

Today will be another busy one. As well as all the restarts we have Event #5, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, kicking off.

My revolving doors would be spinning into a frenzy.

* Of course I did not come up with that formula

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Tweets of the Day
@JasonMercier: Busto 1500 o8 wsop event 4. Ran pretty awful all tourney

@RealKidPoker: Busto in the Omaha 8. Missed like 6 flush draws in a row. So far I have been running ugly but luckily there are a gazillion events left.

@RealKidPoker: So I have two house guest with me, and just found out there was a third staying in other room last couple days and I had no idea till now.

@barrygreenstein: Caught a guy semibluffing with a gutshot, but he hit it and crippled me. I went out next hand.

@FossilMan: Caught more second best hands. No scoops at all. cya tomorrow in the next event.

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Thought of the Day
Stick to the day job

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Previous WSOP Diary entries
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