WSOP Main Event Day 5: The World Series of Understatement
"You guys know what to do."
Tournament Director Jack Effel has spent every noon-time for more than a week standing on a platform in the Amazon Room of the Rio Hotel and Casino running through rules and regulations of the day's play at the World Series of Poker Main Event. Often he has stood beside superstars from all walks of life - NFL Hall of Famer Emmit Smith, World Poker Champion Joe Cada, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer - and listened as they got showtime about the "Shuffle up and deal" at the start of the day.
Today was slightly different. "You guys know what to do," Effel said. "Shuffle up and deal." As simple as that.
So began the World Series of Understatement. "Players do tend to be eliminated quite quickly," Effel cautioned as he ran through the procedure for busted players to wait beside their table until they could be escorted to the cash cage. Everyone in the room has been there for five days and counting. They really do know what to do.
The good news is that they're all now being paid for their experience. We. Are. In. The. Money. It's no longer about "if" but about "how much" - in terms of chips firstly and then cold hard cash.
The eliminations did not wait for very long. With only 45 seconds ticked by on the clock, the first shout of "All in and call" echoed around the Amazon Room. It was Jamie McCarrel with pocket sevens against James Gaffney with ace-jack. The sevens flopped a set and that was a double up for McCarrel.
Two tables over, Peter Bronstein was all in for his micro stack with Q♠5♠. He ran smack into Ernesto Jimenez's pocket kings. The kings also flopped an unnecessary set. And out went Bronstein.
"It's going to be a slaughterhouse out there," dead-panned a Danish journalist in the media room. That too was an understatement. That too was correct.
ELIMINATIONS OF THE HOUR
Eric Buchman's World Series is over. Yevgeniy Timoshenko won't be the champ either.
ALMOST DOUBLE UP OF THE HOUR
William Thorson is up to 670,000 after finding kings and getting no one to believe him. In particular it was Darren Woods who paid the price, going all the way with pocket eights and hitting the rail. There was only a matter of a few thousand between them at the start of the day - Thorson with 346,000 and Woods with 307,000. Now Thorson now has 670,000; Woods is out.
TO THE POINT PHONE CALL HOME OF THE HOUR
Player walking out of the payout area, on cellphone: "Hello. It's over."
TWEET OF THE HOUR
Jason Mercier: "Day 5! Still alive. Starting in 15 mins. Got above average chips. 576 players left"
STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
Number of players WSOP thinks we'll get down to today: 275
BET OF THE HOUR
The under: what we're taking on the 275 players remaining at end of Day 5
TOURNAMENT HOUSEKEEPING OF THE HOUR
Levels to play today: 4
Expeced finish time: 10:15pm
ANALOGY OF THE HOUR
"It's like trying to keep track of 1,000 kids." -- ESPN's Francine Watson, armed with a clip board, keeping tabs on where players are moving.