WSOP Main Event Day 1C: All the way from The Vic
The fact that tweets are flying must mean Vicky Coren is playing today. The Londoner is known in numerous guises depending on how late in the day you turn on the television, or which English newspaper you take.
To some she's a columnist for the Observer and Guardian newspapers in London. To others she is host of various television and radio shows broadcast in the UK, while to a few introverted librarians she's an author.
But to those who work in these circles she's a poker player, and a good one, with a European Poker Tour title to her name won in memorable fashion back in season three. It's a game she's dedicated her life to mastering ever since standing outside the Victoria Casino on Edgware Road in London, former home of the EPT event she herself won, peering through the windows at the fascinating yet terrifying poker games going on inside.
Since plucking up the courage to walk through those casino doors (no shorts please, and are those gym shoes?) Coren has amassed more than $1.3 million in tournament winnings and has become a regular feature on the European Poker Tour, even before she joined the exclusive ranks of Team PokerStars Pro. The same Vic card room is the one she still calls home.
Vicky Coren: "They just announced "4.5 levels today. Everyone will be in bed by midnight." I know the WSOP is strict, but that's a very tough new rule."
Las Vegas on the other hand must seem a long way from west London.
Despite that EPT win, cashes on the NAPT, the GUKPT and hey, even a stirring fifth place finish leading Great Britain in the World Cup of Poker, success in the World Series Main Event and a first cash in the big one has remained somehow out of reach. And the pattern doesn't show much sign of changing today.
In there somewhere
Vicky Coren: "First break. Down to 24k from 30k after a cooler but could be worse, still have plenty."
That was then, now her stack hovers just below 10,000. Keep up to date on Coren's progress at @VictoriaCoren.
HALLWAY REQUEST OF THE HOUR
Request made to security guard in Rio hallway by random guy in a Brazil jersey: "I want to know where I am now. I know I'm jockeying and in good position."
STORY THAT HAS NO CHANCE OF ENDING HAPPILY OF THE HOUR
"So, I was here three weeks ago for my wedding anniversary and I was plying craps..."
TWEETED HAND HISTORY OF THE HOUR
RaSZI (Lex Veldhuis): "Crazy hand. Some1 min to 400, button call, i 1800 w TT from sb. Bb coldcalls with 15k so figure good ace. Raiser folds, button shoves 15k."
"Figure he'd 3b premiums and call-shoves pairs cause of my image. I instashove to scare bb out. Bb folds AK. I win flip v buttons AK. Yay 65k"
STATISTICS OF THE HOUR
Number of people railing chip-leader and Team PokerStars Pro David Williams: 19
SELECTED CHIP COUNTS OF THE HOUR
David Williams - 107,000
Dennis Phillips - 30,900
Terence Chan - 58,000
Pieter de Korver - 57,000
Daniel Negreanu - 45,500
Lex Velhuis - 65,000
Alexandre Gomes - 26,000
Joao Nunes - 10,000
Luca Pagano - 26,000
Gualter Salles - 23,800
Pat Pezzin - 28,000
VALUABLE TIP-OFF OF THE HOUR
The lock on the left stall of the third cabin of temporary bathrooms at the back of the Amazon Room does not work.
APOLOGY OF THE HOUR
To the unsuspecting gentleman who inadvertently assisted in the discovery of the "Valuable tip-off of the hour". You shouldn't have had to see that.