The field today is so glittering that it would be quicker to list the tables without a host of stars. But that would be boring. So here’s another spectacular table line up to consider.
Two tables in from media row sits Yevgeniy Timoshenko, fresh from his success at the $25,000 WPT event at the Bellagio last week. Next to him sits Laurence Houghton, whose “real” name is not quite so familiar as his online name: “rivermanl”. Also sharing that same slab of felt are the Hendon Mob-ster Barny Boatman — back in form with a deep run at the Bellagio — and then Jeff Madsen, the 2006 WSOP Player of the Year.
One seat to Madsen’s left sits the former international footballer, turned newspaper columnist and poker player, Tony Cascarino. He’s developing a pretty mean game of his own these days, and as a veteran of the biggest football stage, he’s unlikely to be intimidated. But even Cascarino might confess that he’s got his work cut out this afternoon.
Meanwhile, up on the raised level of tables, Juan Carlos Mortensen has settled down. Mortensen has a unique habit of turning up at these events and flying remarkably under the radar, only featuring as a blip on our sights when he has assembled a vast number of chips. Not so here: we’ve got him already and his chip count, like that of many others, will be appearing throughout the day on the chip count page. We’ll be conducting our first full sweep of the room soon to get those primitive counts. They’ll be changing frequently throughout the day.
Ylon Schwartz is going great guns. Theo Jorgensen paid him off on a board of 4♥9♣4♠K♥5♥. Schwartz bet 6,000 on the end; Jorgensen called; Schwartz showed A♥J♥.