Day 1 of the 2007 World Series of Poker $1,000 S.H.O.E. event
Here are the chip counts as of the end of Day 1:
Monday, 02nd of July 2007 02:48 AM(Justin West reporting)
Play has ended for the night. Official end of day chip counts will be posted as soon as they are available.
Here are the official event payouts:
Monday, 02nd of July 2007 12:16 AM(Justin West reporting)
I did spot even more well-known players in this event after the dinner break, presumably refugees from the $10k Pot Limit event:
and the man who just won his second World Series of Poker bracelet (of both 2007 and his career) yesterday, Tom Schneider.
You know, for a man who claims to hate Stud, Tom certainly does spend a lot of time and money playing the events... and for good reason, considering he's been winning them! Both his bracelets this year are in Stud events. I wonder if they're growing on him.
Brief conversation heard as a player busted out a few minutes ago:
Her: "Did you bust out?
Him: "Ah... @#$! that tournament. Who wants to win that tournament, anyway?
Her: "Do you want to go get something to eat?"
Him: "I wanna go shoot up some heroin."
Wow! Strong words.
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 11:05 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
Cold is an understatement. It's downright freezing in there. Players have jackets on, hoods pulled over their heads. It's comical if you consider we're in the middle of the desert.
We've finally had some players knocked out including Marcel Luske, Nick Frangos, Brett Jungblut, Chad Brown, Josh Arieh, Mark Vos, and Shannon Elizabeth. Bill Chen currently sits on top of the leaderboard with 7K in chips. Not too far behind him is limit specialist extraordinaire Tom Schneider with 5K. Schneider already has 2 bracelets to his name this year... if he can make it 3 it would be one of the most impressive feats in World Series history. He currently sits on top of the WSOP Player of the Year standings. Other players with more then 4K in chips include Chip Jett, Michael Craig, and Richard Brodie.
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 09:06 PM(Justin West reporting)
Yes. A foot. Exactly what this blog needed. Perfect.
Anyway, Daniel Negreanu (along with his shoe) is getting cold. Not cold cards, just cold. He's sitting out in the Complaint Department (aka, tent), and his table is positioned directly below one of the vents pumping frozen air into the area.
"I'm gonna get sick," he said. "This should be called table Katrina. Hey guys! I'm sitting over here at table Katrina!"
What? I don't get it.
A few quick chip counts. Players are going on dinner break in about 15 minutes, so updates shall cease until they return:
Daniel Negreanu - 4,100
Richard Brodie - 2,000
Steve Diano - 2,300
Lacey Jones - 2,000
Sabyl Cohen - 2,100
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 08:26 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
It's going to be a tough competition. Who is going to win the first S.H.O.E. bracelet? I present to you the contenders:
Daniel Negreanu is one of the best players in the world? But does his S.H.O.E. cut the mustard?
More then a pretty face, Shannon provides a revealing pose of her S.H.O.E.
These S.H.O.E.'s were made for walking. Nolan is the media director of the World Series and is always on the go. Great guy.
His nickname is "The Baiter." That alone makes me fear his S.H.O.E.
Phil Hellmuth's biatch entered the S.H.O.E. because Hellmuth wasn't playing in it and he knew he had a shot.
Rolf is a S.H.O.E. in (bad pun intended) for being able to provide minty fresh breath to his opponents.
This reknowned writer likes to "pimp" out his latest S.H.O.E.riffic (again bad pun intended) book. That comes with a price when I'm the one doing the "pimping." :)
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 07:34 PM(Justin West reporting)
So when I passed by Richard Brodie's table about half an hour ago his stack was in a bit of peril.
"How you runnin'?" I asked.
"My usual luck."
"Is that good or bad?"
"Bad," Richard said. "Diamonds are my enemy right now. I can't hit them, but other people can hit them against me."
"It'll turn around I said," before doing so myself and heading off into the tournament area. When I returned about ten minutes later he'd very nearly doubled up.
"You're good luck," he said. "But look at what table I'm at."
A bit confused, I looked around at the table he was playing with. I hadn't recognized anyone before, and nothing had changed. Then I understood what I meant and glanced at the table number. Richard is sitting at table eighty-six.
The tournament director popped on the microphone recently and noted to the room that if any player's first two hole-cards are flipped over during the course of a deal, that hand is disclared a misdeal. At first, this makes sense, but consider the fact that that card could easily just be left face up, and the next card dealt face down . In that instance the game keeps moving, and no misdeal call is necessary.
The reason against that scenrio, which makes much more logistical sense? Players are superstitious, and want the cards to come out exactly as they should have if everything was dealt out perfectly following a shuffle, strip, shuffle, cut, and deal.
Odd, at least to me. I'd rather keep the game moving than lose half a minute of a blind round each time the dealer flips a card over, especially since I'm going to get one face-up eventually, anyway.
This event is scheduled to be a two-day event. Don't hold your breath. We haven't lost very many players at all, and I simply cannot see us reaching a final table tonight, or early tomorrow. I could be wrong, but I'd bet that I'm not.
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 07:17 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
There are actually people who have been knocked out of this event. Huh? I don't think I could get knocked out in the first four hours of this event if someone paid me to try. The chip leader at this stage is... oh never mind it doesn't matter. Yet. :)
On a more serious note some other players I witnessed playing in the 1st annual IESAPLOOATBTPII (pronounced I-E-SAP-LOO-AT-BEE-TEE-PEE) event include Brett Richey, Josh Arieh, John Esposito, Tom Franklin, Tom McCormick, Melissa Hayden, Brett Junglutt, and Chip Jett.
I'll go around and snap a few photos in a minute... that should liven things up!
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 06:01 PM(Justin West reporting)
Ahahaha. Okay, Aaron. While I can honestly say that I don't necessarily agree that all the players in this tournament either "suck" at Omaha or are "too broke to play in it," that was hilarious.
Aaron also put a good line down of 800. I'd take the under, but it's looking close to it, as there are lots of tables in the Temple of Doom outside.
Some big names I noticed on my first trek through, and forgive me if I repeat one Aaron mentioned already:
Mark Vos... kinda. (Get to that in a second)
Aaron said that he actually bought Daniel Negreanu into this event. No, he didn't stake him, but Daniel was looking for someone that "wasn't busy" and handed Aaron his player's card and $1,000 in cash and asked Aaron to register him in this event. How many people can say that's happened to them?
Mark Vos has played exactly one hand in this tournament. That is to say, he played exactly one hand, then rushed back to play in the $10,000 PLO tournament, and hasn't been back since. The players at his table are amused.
Sunday, 01st of July 2007 05:26 PM(Aaron Hendrix reporting)
The first annual "I either suck at Pot Limit Omaha or am too broke to play in it" event has started. It's a large field for a 5 p.m. event but small considering it is only $1,000 to enter. I'd say no more then 800 will partake in the festivities known as S.H.O.E.
I see many players that were playing earlier in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event but are now out (or multi-tournamenting). I wonder what kind of adjustment it is mentally to go from a $10,000 tournament where everyone at your table is a tough professional to a $1,000 tournament where you're lucky if you know 5 players in the entire room
Among those in the field are: Norman Chad, Tony Cousineau, Allen Kessler, David Plastik, Gavin Griffin, Tony Ma,Erik Seidel, Nick Frangos, Rafe Furst, Perry Friedman, James Van Alstyne, Shannon Elizabeth, Michael Craigh, Barbara Enright, Bill Chen, Mark Vos, Daniel Negreanu, David Levi, Ross Boatman, and Cyndy Violette.
S.H.O.E. is like H.O.R.S.E. only without Razz. I'm not sure why they don't call it H.O.S.E. -- I guess no one wants to be the World Series of Poker H.O.S.E. champion. With a $1,000 buy in this is one of the cheapest opportunities for a player to win a bracelet and with most of the big names taking part in the $10,000 PLO championship earlier in the day it might be one of the easier ones to win due to the lack of competition. Of course there will be the usual late joiners who bust out of the PLO event but those will be few and far between.
This is a new event for the 2007 W.S.O.P. so there is no defending champion. Players will start with 2,000 in chips and the game will change every thirty minutes with levels lasting one hour. Play will start at 5 p.m. and pokerpages.com will be there to tell you who the best S.H.O.E. player at this years World Series is.
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