The World Series of Poker is rapidly nearly its conclusion, but the drama’s not over yet. There’s all sorts of potential for a crazy final table, plus what poker tournament is complete without allegations of cheating? All that and more in today’s Hit & Run.
Event #68: $10,000 Main Event Day 5
Day 5 of the Main Event is in the books and we’re only two more days away from finding out who our November Nine will be. Brian Hastings continues to run hotter than the Vegas sun, but there are as many people rooting against him as for him. His arch-rival on Twitter, Fedor Holz is still in too, so we could see sparks fly if they’re seated together.
On the other side of the popularity spectrum is the eternal golden boy, Daniel Negreanu. Meanwhile, Danny’s got a $100,000 heads-up match coming up with Jason Schwartz, who is to be seated at Negreanu’s table to start the day, so that’ll be fun to keep an eye on.
It’s 72 year-old Pierre Neuville up on top of the chip counts, though, and you have to go all the way down to 7th to find a WSOP bracelet-holder in Canada’s Matt Jarvis.
All told, 69 players remain and play will start for the day in just a few hours, with blinds at 25,000/50,000 and a 5000 chip ante.
WSOP Quick Hitters
A video showing alleged collusion between a dealer and a player in the Main Event emerged on Friday. It seems the player has been cleared of wrongdoing, but no word has yet been given regarding the dealer.
WSOP.com has announced the “Minier-Fest of Poker,” which is basically the opposite of the Main Event. It’s a series of online tournaments which will run from July 19 to 26 with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $20 and guarantees from $100 up to a whopping $5000.
Kelly Minkin is the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event. On top of a guaranteed $96,445 for her deep run so far, she won $8500 on a women’s last-longer bet. We wish her well and hope to see her become the first woman at a Main Event final table since 1995.
Non-WSOP Quick Hitters
Phil Hellmuth believes he inspires “hundreds of millions of people.” Say what you will about the guy, he’s got self-confidence. We can only hope that these hundreds of millions of fans don’t all begin imitating his antics at the table, however.
Yet another instalment of MicroMillions kicks off this Thursday on PokerStars – there have been so many now that they appear to have stopped numbering them. Buy-ins range from $0.11 to $22 and the guarantees are slightly higher than for the Minier-fest, with $1 million guaranteed for the Main Event on the 26th.
Alex Weldon (@benefactumgames) is a freelance writer, game designer and semipro poker player from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.