WSOP 2103: Innerpsy will not be ignored

Today, I imagine Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov as a child. He's calling for his mother, but she's not listening. So, he makes a little more noise. Still, she doesn't listen. So, he starts banging some pots and pans together. Nothing.

So, he lights the house on fire. That will make her listen.

This is not to suggest Shalamov was in any way a bad child (or that his mother was negligent at all). This is not to suggest that Shalamov is an arsonist or has any other felonious fetishes.

No, what I'm trying to say is that the member of PokerStars Team Online won't be ignored. I learned this the hard way.


Try to ignore this guy. Just try

First, in my defense, the World Series of Poker is a crowded place. It's spread out over three cavernous convention rooms. There are thousands of people. We do our best to find the PokerStars standouts in the crowd. There are a lot of people from PokerStars here, and honestly, we didn't know which members of Team Online were going to show up.

So, as I wandered around yesterday looking for members of Team Online, I found a few, but failed to see Shalamov in the crowd. And, again, in my defense, it wasn't just like looking for a particular needle in a needle factory. I didn't know I should even be looking for him at all. It was like failing to notice a particular Russian needle you didn't know you should be looking for in a needle factory.

And, so, yes, I wrote the piece, and yes, I failed to mention innerpsy, and obviously Shalamov noticed.

I went back and added his name to the post, and I hoped that would serve as enough of an apology. I hoped it was enough to keep him from burning down the house.

But no.

No, no, no. Shalamov won't be ignored.

What did he do?

He finished the day with more than 283,000 in chips, a Top 25 stack when he comes back for Day 3 tomorrow. Consider the Rio on fire and me properly put in my place.

I'm sorry, Mikhail. You won't be ignored anymore. Now, put down those matches and let's get on with this tournament.

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

Brad Willis
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