California Gold Rush

by , Aug 28, 2007 | 6:07 am

At the end of Day 2 of the WPT Legends of Poker tourney at the Bike, there are 53 players remaining … 45 of whom will make the money — $16,000 for crossing the bubble — and a few who will have a real chance at the $1.6 million first prize. Tom was a serious force all day, but ended up with 180k in chips … just below the average stack line. Robert (along with David Chiu) will start Day 3 with the smallest stack. Should be a real test of his critical bubble play. That or pocket queens on his first playable hand will or will not hold up.

Dallas underground expat Gavin Griffin is also alive and well, by the way.

Interesting thing in the official tournament wrap-up is the growing disparity between CardPlayer, now in partnership with the WPT, and the WSOP. I guess it’s kinda like Japan and Italy were technically allies in WW2, semi-united in their animosity toward the USA and its way of doing things:

Legends of Poker Day 2 Recap

In a quiet corner of the Bicycle Casino, day two of the Legends of Poker played out as the antithesis of the World Series of Poker. The first major tournament since hoards or poker fanatics descended upon the circuit, Legends produced a focused group of name professionals that batted until 53 were left standing. Flurries of action were set between long periods of calm, and numerous pros fell early.

I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that they are trying to put a positive spin on the “closed set” nature of their events. After all, it is quite different from the carnival atmosphere of the WSOP, and indeed, that’s their prerogative to run ’em that way. It probably will work just fine — players will still play — but gotta say, I probably wouldn’t care as much about what’s going on behind closed curtains if I didn’t have a couple friends alive behind them.

Any thoughts on this from you poker-geeky internet readers out there?

4 Comments to “California Gold Rush”

  1. change100

    Legends IS actually quite serene for a WPT event, especially compared to the WSOP. It’s all confined to the Bike’s ballroom, which is about half the size of Commerce’s, and in addition to the name pros making the short drive from Vegas it features a lot of local players. Everyone’s pretty relaxed, they can eat at the tables, and most people know each other. At least that’s what I observed covering it last year in the olden days of PokerBlog, before all this “official media” B.S.

    And apparently, a number of the early bustouts (a la Carl Olson) boarded flights to Spain, where the EPT Barcelona is about to kick off Day 1A in oh, about 5 minutes.

  2. Jen

    Many players do like the event. Some definitely prefer the absence of railbirds and distractions.

    The problem is friends and family – even just fans of the game – who are unable to catch a glimpse of the action. They line up in the hallway to see the players on their 10-minute breaks. Other WPT stops like Reno and Bay 101 are much more open and accessible.

    Interesting note: Ted Lawson’s wife comes to every event to watch him play, and somehow, she has been given a VIP pass that allows her in the room so she can sit off to the side and be there for every minute. Other players and their significant others are not granted the same opportunity. And to top it off, Ted Lawson’s wife has better access than the non-WPT and non-Card Player media!

  3. DanM

    Remind me … who is Ted Lawson again? I should know who he is, right?

  4. Ed

    …cough cough…