5th July 2006
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for anyone to play the American circuit without sponsorship these days. I was
surprised to hear that Barry Greenstein had signed a deal with pokerstars
though. Barry wasn't wearing pokerstars logowear today in the stud tournament
so maybe the lawyers have to read the contracts.
I spoke to two of my
friends today. Both retired and are following their dream to become a pro poker
player. Bill Seber won $177k in October at the Bellagio and has a baker's dozen
of small cashes since. So I was sad to learn that Bill has reluctantly decided
to put away his suitcase and retire from poker unless he makes a six figure
cash this WSOP.
He told me that he has still lost money following his
dream. Doug Carli travels with his wife so $30k in Tunica
in January plus $2k here means Doug won't have to worry about the
The story might yet have a happy ending, for Doug at least. He
was the shortstack with 31k, in the $5k NLHE, at dinner break. Aces in a 3 way
pot tripled him up and he starts the final table, the best of the WSOP so far,
with 273k, about average. Even ninth place pays $58k.
Joining him at
the, untelevised, table will be Isabelle Mercier 301k, Marcel Luske 458k ,Phil
Hellmuth 461k, Vinnie Vinh 784k, Gene Todd 240k, Jeff Cabanillas 275k, Tom
Scheiber 200k and Dan Smith 117k.
Conor Tate finished 15th for just
over $26k. He confirmed that the Michael Owen story was true. His son attends
the same school I did .That should put up a red flag. DJ Mark Radcliffe and
myself were classmates. Rob Hollink finished 16th.
Simon Trumper + Gary
Bush arrived today. Although jumping straight into the tournaments might seem
like a good idea at noon (pst) you certainly regret it if you are still
playing, out of the money, at 2am (pst).
The seven card stud tournament
started today and attracted over 600 players. Doyle + Todd Brunson were drawn
together. David Williams has a clear lead as play draw to a close.
Dave Colclough played and sat next to Phil
Todays Pictures 1) Doug Carli 2) Colclough +