WSOP 2011: Free beer! still works as an attention-getter
"You're welcome to come over to the Thunder Dome!"
Those are the kinds of messages you hear over the World Series of Poker public address system. The Thunder Dome, better known to the media as the Mother Ship, better known to the general public as the WSOP main stage, was apparently in need of spectators to fill in the seats for the live television audience. It happens everywhere in poker.
"We're giving away free Miller Lite if you wanna cop a buzz!"
That was probably off-script. Even in a world full of degenerates, there is a certain modicum of class the WSOP likes to maintain. Nonetheless, a beer is cheaper than the $20 an hour some poker audiences we have seen before.
"Nobody who works here!"
Obviously the announcement had not reached the target audience. The people who have been working at the WSOP for the past seven weeks need a drink more than anybody else. It's natural that they'd flock toward the free drinks.
Back on message. It didn't take long. I didn't even make it to the Mother Ship steps before I'd turned back to check on the PokerStars folks still in the field. Good thing. I'm not sure I could've stomached seeing what happened. Up there, David Bach check-raised Vanessa Rousso all-in on a 6♣[t]9♠ flop. To her credit, Rousso took some time to think before calling with 6♥6♦. To her peril, Bach heldQ♥J♥. To make it worse, Joe Serock had folded a ten and nine and an eight fell on the turn. Rousso was crippled. Minutes later, she flopped top pair to Bach's overpair of aces, didn't improve, and was gone. She followed fellow Team PokerStars Pros Dennis Phillips and Martin Hruby out the door, in the money, but none the happier.
That all happened as I wandered across the rest of the Amazon Room looking for the Team PokerStars Pros or Main Event Passport winners still left in the field. Here's what I saw.
That's how it stands with two hours left to go in the night.
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LAST CHAMP BUST OUT OF THE HOUR
Robert Varkonyi, the last former world champion in the field, is out.
DOH! BUST OUT OF THE HOUR
Sam Simon, executive producer of The Simpsons, is out.
TWEET OF THE HOUR
@RealKidPoker: "Grinding grinding grinding my way up to 146k guy just raised AT I shoved KK he folded and I'm kinda ok with that. 4k-8k last level of night."
Followed by: "7000 started less than 500 left and at least one of those 500 will never quit on this tournament."