WSOP Main Event Day 5: Secondary action
The feature table is the main focus of attention for the spectators flocking into the Amazon Room. As play begins hundreds of people, dressed in the traditional holiday clothes, wait patiently outside the Amazon Room until a big security guard gets the all clear to send them in, where they line the rails watching intently, usually too far away to really get to grips what's going on.
A better option is the main feature table, the lavish construction that glows nice reds and blues, that has three banks of seating and a standing area at the back. It's in this communal space where keen observers overlooking the secondary feature table wedged in behind it, will have noticed the clash of two huge stacks, the result of which has left one of them nudging the chip lead.
Scotty Nguyen may be the most recognisable player at the table, a natural draw for any televised poker fans, but while he toils at the rock face the likes of PokerStars players Bryan Pellegrino and James Carroll, who may slip under the radar, threw their stacks together to create a monster pot from which Carroll emerged best.
Pellegrino was up to around 1.4 million before he ran his set into the better set held by Carroll. The pot had 2.2 million in the middle, which would have made Pellegrino the chip leader. Instead it's Carroll with the spoils.
For Pellegrino, a SuperNova from Danbury, New Hampshire, this is only his second shot at the Main Event. He's already tasted World Series success, finishing eighth last year in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship. But now he has work to do, although his wife Melanie is ready to fly to Vegas if he makes it through the day.
Carroll on the other hand looks destined to be here some time yet. The result of the Pellegrino hand means he has close to 1.7 million right now, a big wedding cake sized stack that touches the elbows of the player next to him.
It'll be a test of character for the 23-year-old who now has to start the process of rebuilding. Down to 660,000 now, Pellegrino may well be making a trip to the airport tomorrow. The only question remains whether it's to head home or pick up the misses.
STATS OF THE HOUR
Number of times Martijn Schirp has cracked aces in this tournament: 4
Number of times Martijn Schirp has lost to aces: 1
Number of times Martijn Schirp has been put on tilt by losing to aces: 1
NO REGRETS OF THE HOUR
"Queens against threes, all in pre-flop. Three," Tony Nikaj is bad-beat out of the World Series Main Event.
"I thought you were making a move," said his vanquisher.
"It's OK. I want that call. I want that call."
RAILBIRD OF THE HOUR
Marcel Luske on the rail
ATOMIC FIREBALL FACT OF THE HOUR
The Atomic Fireball (official candy of the PokerStars Blog) has inspired many a recipe, including the liquor drink below. We're going to find a friend who drinks to test it for us.
Atomic Fireball Shot
1/4 oz 151 proof rum
1/2 oz Dr. McGillicuddy's® Fireball Canadian whisky
1/4 oz grenadine syrup
OVER/UNDER OF THE HOUR
O/U as set by PokerStars Blog of number of players left after three more hours of play: 214
CLEANING CREW OF THE HOUR
Ready and waiting
MISINFORMATION OF THE HOUR
"There are like 670-something players left in there." --Man in the hallway, boldly asserting a fact that has not been true in 24 hours.
ATOMIC FIREBALL FACT OF THE HOUR
Bulk purchase price of 200 Atomic Fireballs (the official candy of the PokerStars Blog): $23.80
TWEET THAT WON'T SCORE MANY DATES OF THE HOUR
Daniel Negreanu: I bet against the "Year of the Woman" this year. Bet under 0.5 bracelets by a woman and laid 9-1 a woman wouldn't make the final table.
FRESH IDEA VIDEO OF THE HOUR