WSOP 2011: Up and at'em, down and out with Team PokerStars
By the time you see these words, there will be only 80 minutes left in Day 3 of the 2011 WSOP. It is the first day all of the Main Event players have all sat down under the same roof. As of a few minutes ago, everyone had moved inside the same four walls. Tournament Director Jack Effel put it simply. The 2011 Main Event champion is somewhere in the Amazon Room.
Alas, that's the extent of the prize they'll get. Like every night of the Main Event so far, the only benefit to making it this far is the chance to come back and keep playing. The money bubble won't burst tonight. The only thing that bursts on Day 3 is whatever sense of hope everyone has carried everyone so far.
That leaves the Team PokerStars Pro stable--those who have survived thus far--with the goal of surviving the next hour with enough chips to make some sort of noise tomorrow. We've surveyed the field and offer this update on the players who started today with chips.
At this hour, nine members of Team PokerStars Pro and one member of Team PokerStars Online have chips. About half of those people have an above average stack. The rest have some work to do if they want to make it into the money tomorrow.
For all the people still waving the PokerStars flag tonight, there are nearly as many who are looking for something else to do with the next week. Former champions Joe Cada and Tom McEvoy are among the departed today.
An hour and fifteen minutes remain in the day. We'll have a wrap-up of the action when the final level of the day comes to an end.
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FASHION CONTRAST OF THE HOUR
Peter Hedlund, in the hallway, wearing t-shirt, shorts, socks and sandals. The guy walking in the other direction carrying a violin case and wearing a panama, spats and a pinstripe suit with carnation.
STARBUCKS TALKING POINT OF THE HOUR
Number of $3 chocolate covered strawberries remaining at the nearest Starbucks: 2
WISDOM OF THE HOUR
"You can't play every hand like aces. If you get dealt seven-three you can't play it like aces. You play it like seven-three."
EXCITEMENT OF THE HOUR
With all the play concentrated in the Amazon Room, the rail is now the busiest we have seen, swollen further by the revelers walking down from the main casino area to see what all the fuss is about..
BUST OUT OF THE HOUR
Justin Bonomo is out, revealing he was "in shock at how bad I ran".
THREE DIGITS OF THE HOUR
The field has now shrunk below 1,000 for the first time. We've lost nearly half the field from the start of play today.