WSOP 2013: Emergency brakes engaged as bubble looms

We've been saying it for days. Unless the players of the 2013 World Series of Poker make it to Friday, they will walk away with nothing. We are not backing off that assertion. It's exactly true.

That said, there were a lot of damned people in a hurry out the door today. Since noon today, the field has played around seven hours of poker. In that time, more than 900 people have departed. It's a breakneck pace that, if it continued at this rate (it won't), would put us squarely in the money before the end of the night.

The top 648 players in this event will walk away with at least $19,106. It's not the $8.3 million first prize, but it's something. That means the next 200 or so eliminations will get nothing. Zilch. Not even another food voucher or bag of complimentary Ruffles crispy cheese fries.

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The stack 95% of the people here wish they had

You know what that means. That means this Dayton 500 pace just turned into that lady at the grocery story who can't decide if she wants regular whole wheat English muffins.

The big board reads 837 players remaining. It will be lower than that at the end of the night, but don't expect it to approach anywhere close to 648. The stallers, tankers, and speech-givers will now start turning the tournament clock into their own personal park bench.

We won't lie: it's boring as hell for a few hours.

So, we decided to take a look at PokerStars remaining Team Pros and Team Online grinders. Here some rough chip counts to give you some idea how they are faring right now.

Ivan Demidov (Team PokerStars Pro) 520,000
Theo Jorgensen (Team PokerStars Pro) 375,000
Jake Cody (Team PokerStars Pro) 300,000
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (Team PokerStars Pro) 275,000
Marcel Luske (Team PokerStars Pro) 155,000
Adrienne Rowsome (Team Online) 115,000
Isaac Haxton (Team Online) 106,000
Humberto Brenes (Team PokerStars Pro) 100,000
Mikhail Shalamov (Team Online) 80,000

These players each have three hours to go before they will even know if they have a chance at the money tomorrow. In the meantime, take a last few minutes to enjoy the race to the door, because the slowdown begins...now.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photos courtesy Poker Photo Archive.

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