Although there is still a long way to go in the World Series of Poker Main Event of 2011, Day 2b was promising for a number of UK poker players still contesting poker´s richest prize. Although we lost Dave Ulliott and Liv Boeree, Ashley Mason enjoyed a spectacular day to lay twentieth in the field which has now been reduced to less than 2,000.
He will be joined on Day 3 (Thursday) by some of the UK´s most successful poker players – David Vamplew (EPT London winner 2010), Sam Trickett (Aussie Millions winner 2011) and Jake Cody (WSOP Heads-Up Champion 2011) – as well as many others who have already made significant cashes in this year´s series of events.
Some of the more familiar faces that we lost today included Mike “Party Poker” Sexton, 2009 Main Event runner-up Darvin Moon, Phil Laak, Kathy Liebert, David Sklansky (so much for that theory David!) and 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem. A total of 288 UK poker players and 35 from Ireland entered the Main Event – tomorrow we´ll give you an update on how well they are performing
The Rio Cocks Up Again … and Again!
The Rio Casino has come in for a lot of criticism over the running of this year´s World Series of Poker – rude floor staff, mismanaged seating arrangements and the lack of a decent cup of tea have all added to the impression that another location should be chosen for next year´s event. However, providing a dealer with a 44 card pack reached new depths for the venue.
The disaster occurred mid-way through the day when one of the dealers noticed that a number of cards in their pack had become dented and she requested replacements during the dinner break. Replacements were brought, but were of the wrong colour – meaning that they were not included in the pack when play re-commenced. A total of seven hands were played with the short deck until the error was realised.
Later in the day, a replacement card had been requested on another table and the wrong card was inserted into the pack. Fortunately the dealer was sharp-eyed and pointed out to the casino management that they were now playing with a pack that contained two 10♥s. Although the players found it funny, it could have seriously affected somebody´s run into the tournament.
Got the Bug for Live Poker?
If you have got the bug for live poker, but could not make it over to Las Vegas in time for the WSOP Main Event, the PokerStars UKIPT kicks off today at the Rendezvous Casino in Brighton with a £100.00 + £10.00 6 Max NLHE tournament at 7.00pm. The £500.00 + £50.00 feature event has two starting days (tomorrow and Friday) and concludes on Sunday.
Players living too far away from Brighton might want to take their chances in Edinburgh leg of the UKIPT from August 11th to August 15th. PokerStars UKIPT qualifiers are now being hosted from as little as £1.10 (Go to “Tourney”, then “Satellite” then “Events”).