WSOP 2011: Silvestri is gruesome for Gruissem

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngPhilipp Gruissem looks a friendly enough sort of chap; dressed smartly, clean cut and not one who looks like he would hold a grudge. But he must be sick of the sight of Mario Silvestri, a player with whom he has played bashed heads in two sizable pots and doubled him up both times. Just as well for Gruissem that he doubled up earlier against the now-departed Per Linde and still has 3.1 million chips as a result.

The first skirmish with Silvestri, a man hiding under a grey hoodie and wearing shades, was a curious one. Gruissem, who won his seat here through a $700 PokerStars Main Event Passport satellite, had open-raised to 130,000 only to face a 460,000 shove from Silvestri on the button. When it was folded back to him, Gruissem declared out loud: "I have a really bad hand." Suddenly, Silvestri opened his cards and slapped them on the table - 5♣5♠.

"What are you doing?" said a surprised Gruissem, who was yet to make a decision.
"I thought you said call," replied a flustered Silvestri.

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Philipp Gruissem

Holding K♦6♦, Gruissem knew he was in a flip situation, and with the money he'd already invested in the pot, he elected to call. It didn't end well, the board running 9♠A♥2♦Q♣5♥ to improve Silvestri to a set and double him up. He just had enough time to rake in the pot before being given a one-round penalty for exposing his cards prematurely.

Not long after he sat down again, he and Gruissem were locking horns once more. This time Silvestri had shoved over for the top of Gruissem for around one million. Just then, the floor announced the level was over and there was a 15-minute break. Gruissem was going nowhere. He picked up two stacks of green 25,000 chips, worth a million, and thumped them in the middle of the table. Call.

Gruissem: A♠9♣
Silvestri: Q♣[10s]

Now was his chance to get those chips back and dispatch Silvestri to a longer break than he'd planned - 12 months long, to be precise. But again, Silvestri won it, coming from behind with the 3♥3♠9♠[10d]Q♠ board giving him two pair.

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Mario Silvestri

With that, Gruissem fell back to 3.1 million, although that's still a million up on his starting stack today.

A few minutes late, and with the rest of the floor deserted, he headed off to the break, where fellow German, the Team PokerStars Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg, was waiting to offer support having busted in the first hour.

A quick walk to clear the head, and Gruissem was back to attack Silvestri once more.

Third time lucky, anyone?

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STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
Average time required spent outside to warm up after air conditioning on the inside: 3 minutes.

MOST APOLOGETIC MAN IN THE RIO
The man caught smoking in the hallway by Security Chief Tony Spencer.

STUPIDEST MAN IN THE RIO
The same man who apparently didn't take Tony Spencer seriously.

T-SHIRT SLOGAN OF THE HOUR
"G'Day Knackers"

IN CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"November's going to be crazy for you, right?" - Media co-ordinator Seth Palanski talking to Andre Akkari on the rail. There are two Brazilian players still in the main event.

MISAPPREHENSION OF THE HOUR
Reporter to comely woman on the rail: "So, you're his girlfriend?"
Comely woman on the rail to reporter: "I'm his daughter."

WTF IS HE TALKING ABOUT OF THE HOUR
"Seven-deuce, you moron?" (Double fist bump guy on the rail) "Seven-deuce, you moron? (Double fist bump girl on the rail). "Chewing gum." -- Bounahra Badih

CURIOUS BATHROOM TRASH FIND OF THE HOUR
Empty packaging for "Johnny Angel Wig"

CHIPCOUNT OF THE HOUR
JP Kelly: Just north of of 9 million