WSOP Final Table Photo Dump

by , Nov 9, 2008 | 1:25 pm

A quick glimpse of what everyone walked into today … and keep scrolling down for what I think, in my unconfirmed opinion, is a serious tell about which two WSOP champions are the most problematic for anyone who gives a shee-ot about poker. (Hint: Russ Hamilton is one of them.)

There’s good happy poker stuff, too. After all, this $32 Million Sit-n-Go is a celebration:

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This doesn’t look too different from the Amazon Room.

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But on the other side, with the Showgirls and the hottie DJ, you can tell something’s a little different here.

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Kelly Kim’s cheering section: “Double Up! Double Up!”

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Ivan Demidov’s fans.

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Arguably the largest poker crowd in history?

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Peter Eastgate’s cheering section. I think “isser ships” means win, or something like that.

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Darus Suharto’s peeps.

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A long line to get in outside.

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It extends quite a ways, as people line up past the gallery of WSOP champions.

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Still going … as mentioned, at least one fan with a special player’s guest ticket was trying to scalp it.

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More lineage.

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More WSOP main event winners.

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At first I thought Russ Hamilton’s banner was missing. But then I found it … they put it out of the way, behind the stairs. Duly noted: allegedly steal $15 million from other poker players via the company you run, and your banner will be semi-banished.

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But do you recognize who else is hidden behind the stairwell? That’s 1990 champ Mansour Matloubi.

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And interestingly enough, not only is he placed out of view and next to Russ Hamilton, but also his year is out of chronological order. I think it’s a tell. Very interesting. He looks really stressed, too. I wonder if anyone else is putting 2+2 together here?

[CORRECTION: Hamilton was the only one blatantly out of order. So maybe not so damning on Matloubi. Still, I’m suspicious.]


  • Kevin Mathers

    I believe Isser is Eastgate’s username on Stars.

  • The sounds right. I think “ships” means win.

  • Kevin Mathers

    Correct.

  • Kevin Mathers

    Mansour I believe is/was a UB and/or Excapsa investor.