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:


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


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


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


Ivan Demidov’s fans.


Arguably the largest poker crowd in history?


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


Darus Suharto’s peeps.


A long line to get in outside.


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


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


More lineage.


More WSOP main event winners.


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.


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


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


  • Kevin Mathers

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