Gambling Related Essays and Reports by Andrew W Scott

World Series of Poker Main Event... Report number 3

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Tuesday July 10th 2007

Day 1C: Sunday 8 July
1,743 players played on day 1C. Players included 1991 winner Brad Daugherty, poker pros Phil Ivey and Allen Cunnigham, Seinfeld star Jason Alexander, Celine Dionís husband Rene Angelil, 2000 winner Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, 2004 winner Greg Raymer, former NHL player Rick Tocchet, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, 2003 winner Chris Moneymaker and 2002 winner Robert Varkonyi. Also starting in this group were poker authors and veterans T.J. Cloutier and David Sklansky, poker pros Phil "The Unabomber" Laak, "Cowboy" Kenna James, Men "The Master" Nguyen and Clonie Gowen, Tony Hachem (brother of 2005 winner "Aussie" Joe Hachem), poker pro and actor Jennifer Tilley and American Pie star Shannon Elizabeth, amongst many other celebrities, poker professionals and amateurs alike.

Mike Panzarella busted out on an incredible hand. He was looking at a board of Ac 7h 2d, with a pair of Aces in his hand. Mike bet, but his opponent, Takashi Takii, re-raised all in. After Panzarella called Takii flipped over 8c 8h. The final two board cards came 8d 8s to give Takii four of a kind to send Panzarella packing. To catch two perfect cards like that has odds of nearly 1,000-to-1. Hopefully Panzarella was put on suicide watch for the next 24 hours! What a way to go.

Players eliminated included highly regarded poker pros Phil Ivey, Andy Bloch, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Phil Laak, Shannon Elizabeth, Greg Raymer, Jennifer Tilley, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Clonie Gowen, David Sklansky, T.J. Cloutier and "Cowboy" Kenna James.

662 survived of the starting field of 1,743 players. Amongst them were:

1st Jeff Norman 281,300
2nd Thomas Barnard 248,900
3rd Carl Olson 226,100
4th Michael Ium 193,800
5th Juan Fernandez 188,100

59th Takashi Takii 95,800
235th Robert Varkonyi 56,500
248th Chris "Jesus" Ferguson 55,000
256th Allen Cunningham 53,700
275th Todd Brunson 51,600
287th Rene Angelil 50,500
304th Chris Moneymaker 48,900
374th Jason Alexander 41,000
489th Tony Hachem 29,100

Day 1D: Monday 9 July
1,783 players played on day 1D. Players included the oldest person to ever play in the WSOP main event, 94 year old Jack "Jeffrey" Wry, poker brat Phil Hellmuth, poker pros Daniel Negreanu and Chip Reese, 2006 winner Jamie Gold, former pro basketballer Ken "Snake" Norman, 2001 winner Carlos Mortensen, Simpsons star Hank Azaria, A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys, Andrew W Scott, Godsmack lead singer Salvatore "Sully" Erna and Australian Julian Powell.

The total number of players for all four day 1s was 6,358, down 2,415 players on last yearís 8,773, but still 739 more than when Joe Hachem won it in 2005, representing massive poker growth in the post-UIGEA poker world.

The Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act effectively put a halt to online poker sites making the $10,000 entries into prizes in their online tournaments. Even if the UIGEA remains in place (and there are many bodies lobbying for its removal), it should only take a year or two before entries to the event return to the record level set in 2006.

This year first place will win US $8,250,000, substantially down from last yearís US $12,000,000, but more than Joe Hachemís US $7,500,000 first prize in 2005. This year the top 621 places will be paid, all winning a minimum of $20,320.

Players eliminated on day 1D included me (sob), Chip Reese, poker brat Phil Hellmuth (to the cheers and applause of the other players), 2006 winner Jamie Gold and Chip Reese.

641 survived of the starting field of 1,783 players. Amongst them were:

1st Josh Evans 237,300
2nd Kevin Kim 196,100
3rd Jose Barbero 172,600
4th Cyril Bensoussan 172,200
5th Gary Styczynski 169,200
75th Gus Hansen 100,100
103th Michael Binger 89,900
117th Carlos Mortensen 86,800
358th Daniel Negreanu 43,100
429th Jack W. Wry 35,000

Day 2A, will be played by the 1,032 survivors from days 1A and 1B, and day 2B will be played by the 1,303 survivors from days 1C and 1D. There are 2,335 players remaining in the tournament from the 6,358 starters.


© 2007 Andrew W Scott




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