WSOP Main Event Day 8: The end of Johnny Lodden
We never really thought Johnny Lodden was going to start today, turtle his way to a pay jump, and fold every hand until he was anted out. It's not his style. We never thought Lodden would come in here and jam with any two cards on the very first hand (although, we'll admit, that was a greater possibility). We thought, indeed, Lodden would do exactly what he did. It just didn't turn out as we thought it would.
Lodden made it to the penultimate day of the World Series. But only just. He was all in a couple of times late yesterday - chopping pots when he might have been sent to the rail - but he was all out during the first orbit this afternoon.
When it happened, it was as swift as can be hoped for a televised execution. Lodden was all in with pocket eights and up against Matt Affleck's A♣[10h]. The flop was delayed momentarily for cards to be fidgeted into the right position on the felt, and when it came it kept Lodden in the lead: 2♠K♠Q♠.
However the turn was the killer. It was [10c] and the 7♠ on the river was not one of Lodden's two outs.
That was the end of Johnny Lodden and this World Series. It was, as it always is, a turbulent affair: scorching heights, traumatising dips, swings in all directions. It was an exhausting pleasure to watch that for a week; Lodden lives it every day of his life.
Lodden can now go back to his room to sleep off a head-cold, and when he returns to Oslo, he can look forward to the birth of his first child and a new EPT season. We'll be following that very closely - the poker that is. We'll permit him some privacy.
Well played Mr Lodden. It's been our honor.
WISSING MISSING OF THE HOUR
On the outer tables, Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson got it all-in with Mads Wissing on a 6♣3♥T♥ flop. The hands?
Everybody in the room knew something had happened when the crowd at the secondary feature table screamed, "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
That was the J♥ on the turn. The 8♣ on the river meant nothing and Wissing was gone in 26th place for $317,161
SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL OF THE HOUR
Kevin "The Monster" Randleman. He's an MMA fighter.
STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
Whoever makes it to 15th place today will be first player to cash for half a million bucks.
HOLE DIGGING OF THE HOUR
"I like your AC/DC hat, man," dealer attempts to compliment a member of the ESPN crew on his headwear.
"That's the other guy," ESPN crew member responds.
"I'm sorry. I get all you camera guys mixed up."
"I'm a sound guy."
JOE GIRON PHOTO OF THE HOUR
CONTEST WINNER OF THE HOUR
Boy Van Buerden, the Twitter users who won the PokerStars Twitter contest by guessing the number of times we would mention Atomic Fireballs in our Day 7 reports (the final tally was 13--sorry we couldn't bring you more, but we had WSOP work to do).
QUESTION TO WHICH THE ANSWER IS NO OF THE HOUR
"Did anyone go buy Atomic Fireballs this morning?"