RE: Final Nine Set

The Year of Gen Y?

by , Jul 15, 2008 | 4:13 am

So wow, I just found out some interesting things about the tournament — have to admit I wasn’t paying much attention to the multi-hour foldfest. It was pretty much a big staring contest, or game of chicken, to see who blinked first.

Anyhow, the final table bubble boy: Dean Hamrick … his AJ couldn’t beat Craig Marquis’ QQ. Oh well, that’s poker. Bummer. Hamrick posse included an elementary school friend, his brother, and another good poker bud of theirs … who is rooming while in Vegas with Craig Marquis. Umm, awkward. (Note — facts could be a bit shaky on this, as they also talked about some really bad suckout, AK vs. AQ, I think, but that doesn’t match the final hand of the night. We will see, I am sure. Plenty of time.)

And hey, it turns out there is a storyline after all, even with a lot of no-names … It’s a California-y final table, and of the nine remaining players, eight most of them are in their 20s. Wow. They all go up against the old man from STL, who happens to be the chip leader. No AARP ads coming here. And that’s probably just as ESPN would like it.

5 Comments to “RE: Final Nine Set”

  1. California Jen

    It seems that the info you had about the ages of the November Nine was wrong… Nolan’s final e-mail shows the following:

    Dennis Phillips – 53
    Ivan Demidov – 27
    Scott Montgomery – 26
    Peter Eastgate – 22
    Ylon Schwartz – 38
    Darus Suharto – 39
    David Rheem – 28
    Craig Marquis – 23
    Kelly Kim – 31

  2. Aaron A

    So it starts back in November, correct? Does this mean Matt Graham’s face picture is going to stay on for 4 more months as the “Latest Winner”? How annoying…

    …just an observation 🙂

  3. Marvin C

    It appears waiting for November’s final will be a disaster for ESPN. Since there are no “Names” in the final 9, no one will care. If at least one “Name” made it, we might have some interest. With no “Names” it will be just another tournament but with more money on the table.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    I’m sure they’d prefer a more star-laden final table (or even Tiffany), but the delay gives Harrah’s nearly 4 months to get the hype machine in motion. This type of field was what the delay was made for.

  5. California Jen

    Aaron A, the lesson to be learned here is to stop looking at the CardPlayer website! 😉