WSOP Main Event Day 3: Salvaging the Series
There is no doubting the talent of Team PokerStars Pro. Among the members of the team are so many WSOP bracelets and cashes, it requires a supercomputer to keep track of them all. In the middle of that giant spreadsheet of glory, there are seven main event champions. To question the players' ability is to give way your ignorance.
With that preamble set firmly on the page, there is a niggling little fact that we should probably point out: this has not been Team Pro's best WSOP so far. In fact, the bracelet count for Team Pro in 2010 looks like the progeny of a goose egg and a doughnut. The only gold around their wrist is what they packed on the flight to Vegas.
That, of course, could all be changed with a top finish in the Main Event. Oh sure, the odds are against it, but as Damon Runyon once wrote, "all life is 6 to 5 against" and we still play that game every day.
Team Pro is still well represented in the Main Event. We thought we'd take a look at the surviving players and see how they have fared in the preliminary events of the 2010 Series.
Here's the tally:
While that may look glum, PokerStars is being represented in this event by Eric Buchman, who pulled down a limit hold'em bracelet and $203,607 a few weeks back.
It goes without saying that each and every one of the people above would like to make this blog post irrelevant. They all know how to do that. They just need to win the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Unlike more than 5,000 other people who are already booking their flights home, at least the people we have mentioned here still have a chance.
PEST CONTROL OF THE HOUR
"There's a guy at our table who barks. I mean he wins a pot and he barks." - Jason Mercier
OVERHEARD TELEPHONE CONVERSATION OF THE HOUR
"It's anybody's. You just have to stay in it, you know?"
ADMIRABLE ENTHUSIASM OF THE HOUR
As if he wasn't already enthusiastic, Pierre Neuville was seen running back to his seat.
JOE GIRON PHOTO OF THE HOUR
VIDEO OF THE HOUR
Here's a quick chat with Thomas Tomasello, a PokerStars qualifier. It's worth 1 minute 2 seconds of anyone's time.
ATOMIC FIREBALL FACT OF THE HOUR I
A regular sized bag of Atomic Fireballs (the official candy of PokerStars Blog) contains 24 fireballs.
ATOMIC FIREBALL FACT OF THE HOUR II
A "serving" of Atomic Fireballs is considered to constitute three 17g pieces.
MISIDENTIFICATION OF THE HOUR (LEADING TO: MORAL OF THE STORY OF THE HOUR)
Apologies to the elderly Amercican gentleman who was recently asked for the latest chip count of the Portuguese Team PokerStars Online player Andre Coimbra. There's no shame in not knowing.
Moral: Just because they're short and bald, it doesn't mean they're Portuguese journalist Ricardo Pinto.