WSOP 2011: One percenters apply within

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngWhen the World Series of Poker isn't going on, there just isn't a lot to do in Las Vegas. At least not that I've found. If there was a poker room, a Pai Gow table, or a noodle bar within a hundred miles of here, there might be some way to pass the time between sessions of the WSOP. However, since there isn't, I've spent a great deal of my time in a down market hotel that charges $5 if you steal the bathmat. To pass the hours inside those walls, I have watched an entire season of "Sons of Anarchy," a show that almost certainly made it to television with the pitch, "I want to re-make the Sopranos, but make it a biker gang instead." Hollywood is a clever place.

There is a story, albeit probably apocryphal, that the American Motorcycle Association one said after a 1947 riot that 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens. Hence, since that time, cops and bikers alike have referred to outlaw motorcycle clubs as "one-percenters." These are things that SUV-driving, craft-beer sipping, enjoy-a-good-piece-of-tilapia suburban guys like me know for no reason other than to point out the following:

As players return from dinner break, we are very near the point at which only one percent of the WSOP Main Event field will remain. Sometime about a million years ago, 6,865 signed up to play the Main. At this hour, 90 people still have chips. Players are scheduled to play four more hours tonight. By that time, we can expect fewer than 68.65 players to remain. Somewhere around that point, the survivors will be able to claim six-figure paydays. Anyone finishing 72nd or better will win at least $108,412.

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Top one percent looking for final table

Among those people on the verge of the top one percent are six PokerStars players. here's how they are faring after the dinner break.

  • Sebastian Ruthenberg (Team PokerStars Pro) 4.6 million
  • JP Kelly (Team PokerStars Pro) 4.3 million
  • Per Linde (PokerStars Main Event Passport winner) 3.4 million
  • Andrew Brokos (Team PokerStars Online) 2.3 million
  • Tony Hachem (Team PokerStars Pro) 2.1 million
  • Phillip Gruissem (PokerStars Main Event Passport winner) 2 million
  • Every one of those players is above or very near the 2.2 million average, which puts them all in a pretty solid position to make the one percenter club.

    In a perfect world, one in which I could take my bathmat home with me or not feel like I'm showering in a submarine, every one of the people who make the top 68 would be given a Harley, a handgun, and a couple ounces of crank to make the next few days even more interesting.

    Since that probably won't happen, I'll start Season 2 of "Sons of Anarchy" tonight, and dream of a day when there is something fun to do in Las Vegas.

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    BUSINESS DECISION OF THE HOUR
    The photo shop in the Rio hallway is finally calling it a day and shutting down. The oxygen bar is still open.

    STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
    The amount of time you'll get away with being inside the rail without credentials: 4 seconds

    OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR
    "You married into this entourage, I blame you. Join in or get out."


    NAVIGATIONAL AID OF THE HOUR
    "I'm near the short guy wearing the blue shirt with a dark blue tie." -- PokerStars blogger Stephen Bartley, being used as a landmark by a complete stranger in the Gold Coast Race Book.

    NEW CHIPS OF THE HOUR
    Following the color up just before dinner, the yellow 1,000 have been removed. In play now - though not many players have them - are the new lilac 100,000 chips. Chip leader Phil Collins has nine of them.

    WIDENING RANGES OF THE HOUR
    Two players, each with around 500,000 chips left, got all-in pre-flop with K♦Q♥ and [10s]8♠. There was a ten on the flop, but the better hand won through when a queen hit on the river.

    ANGRY FRENCHMAN OF THE HOUR
    Guillaume Darcourt who got miffed with floor staff because he was not allowed to keep speaking with a French blogger between hands. It's a rule that has been in force throughout the WSOP.

    QUICK FIX OF THE HOUR
    Price of a 'Quick Fix' at-table massage for the neck and shoulders... $10

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker