Warning: this post contains spoilers
Day 5 saw some big names come and go. Annie Duke busted out in 88th place. She lost a huge hand with pocket kings and that crippled her. She managed to stick around another couple hours after that, but couldn’t catch a hand. Jeffrey Lisandro is still in the top 10 with over 3 million in chips. Prahlad Friedman is right in the middle of the pack with about 1.6 million. Allen Cunningham is hanging in there at 1.3 million. And Humberto Brenes is squeaking along with 600K. All the rest are either online qualifiers or European players. The chip leader, Jamie Gold, is a TV producer who used to be James Gandolfini’s agent.
The event is almost two full days ahead of schedule, yet they’re still making everyone play 13 hour days. It makes no sense at all. Tomorrow should be a shorter day, however, as they’ll only play from 45 players down to 27. Why is it so far ahead of schedule? According to several people at the scene, it’s because of the lousy play. With two hour levels and around $10 million in chips on every table, this is the perfect time to play tight aggressive poker and accumulate chips with timely moves and solid play, but most of the players are throwing chips around like they’ve got a garden full of them. That basically turns the tournament into a big lottery again. You might as well flip the cards face up and have a showdown for all the money.
The last woman in the field, Sabyl Cohen, busted out in 56th place, so Amarillo Slim’s famous bet is safe for now (he once declared that if a woman ever won the World Series of Poker, he would cut his own throat). The average chip stack is nearing 2 million, and blinds are at 15K and 30K, with an ante of 5000. All the 1000 dollar chips were raced off the table. There are two players with over 5 million in chips, one has over 7 million. Among the funnier names left are Rhett Butler (but who gives a damn) and Leif Force. And you know a guy named Robert Betts was born to play this game.