WSOP Main Event Day 3: Salvaging the Series

wsop2010_thn.jpgThere 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:

  • Humberto Brenes: 2 cashes (1500 NL hold-em, 1500 NL hold-em) $24,457
  • Joe Cada: No cashes
  • Greg DeBora: No cashes
  • Pieter De Korver: 1 cash (1500 NL hold-em) $2,908
  • Matthias De Meulder: No cashes
  • Barry Greenstein: 3 cashes (1500 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 8, 5000 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 8, Tournament of Champions) for a total of $51,023

    barry_greenstein_main_event.jpg

  • Angel Guillen: No cashes
  • Marcin Horecki: No cashes
  • J.P. Kelly: 2 cashes (1500 NL hold-em, 1500 NL hold-em) $10,699
  • Florian Langmann: 2 cases (3000 NL hold-em, 2500 NL hold-em six handed) $23,627
  • Johnny Lodden: No cashes
  • Jason Mercier: 4 cashes (10000 PL Omaha, 5000 PL Omaha, 1500 HORSE, 1500 PL Omaha) $77,979
  • Sandra Naujoks: 2 cashes ( 10000 PL hold-em, 2500 PL hold-em) $44,481
  • Daniel Negreanu: 5 cashes (25000 NL hold'em, Tournament of Champions, 2500, Seven Card Razz, 2500 NL hold-em, 10000 NL 2-7 card Draw) $157,533
  • Pat Pezzin: 7 cashes (1500 Limit hold-em, 3000 HORSE, 1500 HORSE, 10000 Omaha,10000 seven card stud, 1500 seven card stud, 1500 NL hold-em) $81,227
  • Vanessa Rousso: 2 cashes (10000 NL hold-em, 1000 NL hold-em) $96,833
  • Gualter Salles: No cashes
  • Vanessa Selbst: No cashes

    vanessa_selbst_smile.jpg


  • William Thorson: No cashes
  • 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

    humberto_brenes_sunglasses.jpg

    Humberto Brenes dons his shades

    *****

    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.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker