WSOP 2012: Boeree buzzing as stack goes ballistic


Anyone taking a closer look at the action today may have notice the rocket ship rise of Liv Boeree.

The Team PokerStars Pro returned to play Day 3 with 104,300 chips, and slumped early in the week, treading water with 9,000 on Day 2. Then something happened that even she couldn't quite fathom: a run of cards? Perhaps. More like an opportunity Boeree knew how to exploit.

"I'm making really big hands and getting paid on all of them," she said, trying to explain the phenomena which had taken her stack up to 412,000.

Liv Boeree

"I'm playing great but it's just a heater," she said. "I'm getting lots of big hands and then I'm coolering people or they're blowing up into me. I've got quite an agro image at the table.

"This last big hand I opened kings. The guy to my left calls, this guy (pointing) makes a huge three-bet, I four-bet small but he still doesn't have much fold equity - I made it 30k - and he has 85/90 behind."

At this point Boeree flung her arms about to emphasis her opponent's decision making.

"He goes with it," she said. "I call, obviously, and he has sixes, so... that was nice."

It takes the pressure off Boeree who has played a short stack for much of the week so far. A big stack changes the nature of your game, and it seems Boeree is looking to make the best of it, tailoring her approach to her opponent.

"That's a lot of what the main event's all about," she said. "There are a lot more amateur players and so on and they may over value hands, and so on. Chips make more chips. My big hands are holding up and when I flop something big someone else has something and it's great."

To read this would be to think Boeree is all matter-of-fact, but from the moment she started speaking, to the moment she stopped, Boeree was buzzing with excitement.

"It's just the best feeling in the world!"

(Post script: Boeree was still going strong but down slightly to 290,000.)



The WSOP Main Event is now down to fewer than 1,000 players


Jan Heitmann: "Mmmh. Unser Tisch wird als nächstes aufgebrochen. Schade. #rushplease"


Jan Heitmann: "Mmm. Our table will be broken next. Too bad. # rushplease"


Scene: Directly outside the Amazon Room, 20 minutes after the dinner break ends. Team PokerStars Blog's Brad Willis is talking to the WSOP's Steve Frezer about the size of the field and how fast players are busting out. A young man in a Philadelphia Phillies hat approaches, ignores the tournament official, and engages PokerStars Blog's Willis

Player: Excuse me, sir?

Willis looks to Frezer who is probably the person who should be answering tournament questions. Frezer disappears into the ether.

Player: (plaintive) Can you help me, sir? Sir?

Willis: Um...sure. What can I do?

Player: How do I find my seat?

Willis smiles, sure he's being punked

Player: Can you help me?

Willis: You're lost your seat...during the dinner break.

Player: I went...home.

Willis: And now you can't find your seat.

Player: I'm sort of empty.

Willis: (Silence)

Player: Where is the Amazon Room?

Willis points five feet away to the Amazon Room. The player doesn't seem to understand.

Willis: Why don't you come in here and we'll find somebody who can help you? (To himself) Perhaps a security officer.

Player: Thank you, sir. I really, really appreciate it.

They walk into the Amazon Room

Player: (As if it's a religious epiphany) 407!

Willis: You're saying you were sitting at table 407?

Willis looks three feet away to table 407

Player: Yes! Where is that?

Willis: It's...literally right here. You're apparently in the one-seat. (pauses) That's the one that's open.

Player: Oh, thank you! Thank you! I really appreciate it.