WSOP Main Event Day 1B: Lind a hand
"Was just reminded that last year I had 9k at this time and ended day 1 w over 100k."
This was George Lind III about an hour before the dinner break. Then this one:
"18k @ dinner phone battery almost dead."
The Team PokerStars Online Pro still has about that, and as an avid twitterer it's easy to keep tabs on his progress at @GeorgeLindIII. But for those interested that power problem looks a little worrying.
Regardless, those followed Lind's career path for the last 12 months will see the wisdom of those first 83 characters. It's been an eventful year for the man from Gilbert, Arizona.
Here's the Lind year:
Lind, a former software engineer, scored eight cashes in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) last year, amounting to some $44,620.87. Then in the New Year he set himself a goal of becoming the first SuperNova Elite of the year on PokerStars. He did that before the first dawn of April, repeating his achievement of two years earlier when he also set new records for VPPs, a process he wrote about here on the PokerStars Blog.
Then came spring, more specifically the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Lind set out on a devastating campaign, his username "Jorj95" appearing with unnerving regularity on the payout lists as he amassed 28 money finishes over the course of 114 events, collecting $105,514,21 in prize money on his way to being named SCOOP Player of the Year.
Lind was in form and on his way to Las Vegas.
Cut to today, his first day of the Main Event which will conclude a 2010 WSOP campaign that has included five cashes for Lind, most notable a tenth place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Championship event. Lind has been methodical in the past, setting himself goals that, rather than financial; tend to be a mark of personal progress.
So when I asked him what his goals were for the main event I expected a similar specific plan.
"I really don't know," said Lind, busting that theory. "Hope to get out of the day I guess. I don't know. I don't have a money goal. I don't have a place goal. Just to play my best."
And with that he went off to charge his phone.
Whether Lind makes it through the day will remain up in the air for the remainder of the day, and whether or not the voodoo of last year he tweeted earlier will come true is also something we'll be waiting on later tonight. But if twitter is to be believed all signs point to the good.
"Phone charged now, back in business, 22k"
TWEET OF THE HOUR
Vicky Coren: "It's 9pm in the city of sin. The air is dark and hot. I'm in my room eating spaghetti and reading a book."
CHIP COUNTS OF THE HOUR
Vadim Markushevski: 23,000
Gavin Griffin: 75,000
John Duthie: 53,000
Mathias De Meulder: 72,000
Marcello del Grosso: 45,000
Johnny Lodden: 68,000
Jan Heitmann: 51,000
Nuno Coelho: 32,300
Maria Mayrinck: 20,075
Sebastian Ruthenberg: 19,500
Jorge Arias: 45,000
Orel Hershiser: 25,500
POKERSTARS PLAYERS TO WATCH OF THE HOUR
Gabe Walls, with 178,000 chips and Michael Kaufman, with 129,000.
QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"I don't know. I just keep busting people." Jim Collopy on how he got his towering stack.
ELIMINATIONS OF THE HOUR
Ivan Demidov has left the feature table and is out, as is Darus Suharto.
SECOND TWEET OF THE HOUR
RealKidPoker: "I'm so excited to play the main event! More excited than I've been since 1998, no joke. I'm as prepared as ever and will bring my A game."
OVERWHELMING SCENTS OF THE HOUR
Table 276: Red Bull
Table 261: Body odor
OUTDRAW OF THE HOUR
Darus Suharto's day ended when he got his K♣J♣ all-in on a king-high board with two hearts. He was up against the naked flush draw of 8♥9♥. The T♥ came on the river and the 2008 WSOP member of the November Nine was gone.
STAR-STUDDED RECEPTION OF THE HOUR
As reported by our roving reporter, Excel maven, and secret agent, Mad Harper
If you're the type to get star struck, then the PokerStars Champions Reception held tonight at the Real World suite at the Palms was likely to leave you glued to the floor. Normally at these types of event, the ratio of ordinary mortal (journalist) to "star" (champion poker player) to is about ten to one. Not so at this reception where the stars - gathered together to welcome new Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and David Williams and pay tribute to reigning world champion Joe Cada - far outnumbered invited media.
Joe Hachem addressing the crowd
Even the party venue was causing a stir. The Real World suite - on the 28th floor of the Palms Tower - was home to the cast of the twelfth season of MTV's hit reality television series and cost a smooth $2 million to furnish. Personally I'd have made the bar area bigger and taken out the pool table but no one was complaining about the lavish surroundings apart from smokers who had to huddle round an ashtray in the hall outside.
New members of the team David Williams and Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst and David Williams both join Team PokerStars Pro after celebrating recent impressive victories - NAPT and WPT championship titles respectively - but it's their long-term performances and winning personalities that have won them a place on the elite PokerStars team.
Current World Champion Joe Cada chats to former World Champion Greg Raymer
Among those on hand tonight to welcome them in were former world champion and event host Joe Hachem, alongside Joe Cada, Chris Moneymaker, Tom McEvoy, Greg Raymer, Nacho Barbero, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Jason Mercier, Pat Pezzin (already on seven WSOP cashes this summer), Lex Veldhuis, Tony Hachem, Andre Akkari, Alex Gomes, Dennis Phillips and Veronica Dabul.
Former World Champions Joe Hachem and Chris Moneymaker enjoy their evening
Despite the suite's history as a scene of debauchery and excess, the PokerStars fraternity showed discipline and restraint - ever mindful of the fact that most of them are due in the Amazon Room at noon tomorrow for Day 1c of the Main Event.