Posts Tagged ‘WSOP final table’

Numbers Game

by , Oct 30, 2012 | 7:56 pm

A view from the cheap seats in the Penn & Teller Theater.

The last 9 players waited 103 days for the start of the 2012 WSOP Main Event Final Table and a chance at the $8.5 million top prize. Those are some figures you might be familiar with, but one amazing stat was that in the course of losing 6 players, we saw 7 all-in hands, and in all but one case the best hand held up. That’s just crazy. The best hand isn’t supposed to win the majority of the time in televised poker, is it?

Here’s a few other numbers that stood out during the festivities this week at the Penn & Teller Theater.

0: Number of offers Phil Hellmuth got to coach an October 9er.

1: Number of photo booths where you can have your picture made at a poker table with a pile of “cash” and chips, as if you won the Big One.

1: Number of T-shirt cannons firing black WSOP T-shirts into the crowd during breaks.

2: Number of ring girls operating T-shirt cannon and tossing Caesars mardi gras beads.

2: Number of Giant TVs on either side of the stage, to show the crowd what’s happening on the felt.

2: Number of screens showing info on players and tournament data to the crowd — such as flop, chip stacks, blinds, antes, pot size and the hand number.

2: Number of players to show up without any patches. (Andras Koroknai and Michael Esposito.)

2 and 2: Number of chairs and masseuses at the lone booth in the Penn and Teller lobby.

3: Number of players who wore sunglasses. Salaburu sported orange, plastic Oakleys, while Thomas and Merson wore wire-rimmed aviators.

A collection of WSOP hoodies, hats and other merch for sale with the Final Table underway.

3: Number of hoodie choices available at the lone merch booth.

4: Beer options available in the Penn & Teller theater. (Corona, Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Light.)

3/2: Approximate ratio of ounces-to-dollars for these beers, which cost $7, or $8 for “imports”

5: Number of players who got some sort of coaching at the Final Table. (Russell Thomas talked with Jason Somerville, Greg Merson chatted with Phil Ivey, Jeremy Ausmus whispered with Joe Tehan, and Jesse Sylvia got repeated pointers from Vanessa Selbst; Jake Balsiger supposedly hired Mike “Timex” McDonald.)

5: Number of tournaments being played at the Rio today, not including the WSOP main event.

6: Number of dealers in rotation at the Final Table.

7: Approximate number of minutes Phil Ivey stuck around on Day 1 to sweat his teammate/pupil Merson.

10: Number on the Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles Jersey worn by Merson, a Maryland native.

11, 2, and 1: Number of ESPN cameras spotted, those mounted on cranes, and those “floating” in the crowd.

12: Maximum square inches a sponsorship logo can be according to WSOP rules.

More than 12: Inches of black tape used to cover parts of Andras Koroknai’s “L.A. Cocaine Business” T-shirt.

13: Number of different sponsorial patches (est.) seen at the final table.

15: Number of people in line for the Sportsbook Deli at the Rio during a WSOP TV break.

22: Number of seconds before opting instead for a bag of pretzels from the gift shop.

28: Cost in dollars of a One Drop water bottle (complete with filter) available for sale at the Rio.

1/100: Odds one of your fans on the rail might rhythmically shimmie with a Fathead version of Jake Balsiger’s face for at least 10 minutes straight, with no music playing.

105: Number of spotlights I counted before my burning retinas could no longer distinguish bright blue beams from red and yellow flashes all around me.

1,111: Cost in dollars of a single bullet in the recently announced Little One for One Drop unlimited rebuys bracelet tourney.

1,200: Day 1 crowd estimate from WSOP spokesman Seth Palansky, seeing a mostly full Penn & Teller Theater with an uppermost level that was practically empty.

Racener vs. Duhamel

Heads-up for 2010 WSOP main event championship

by , Nov 8, 2010 | 7:17 pm

There’s a reason we media folk love us some Nolan Dalla … not only does he understand what’s really at stake every step of the poker way, but also he knows how to bring out the best in the game … and here at the Penn & Teller Theater, introducing tonight’s heads-up match, he seems to recognize, hey, I’m on a stage, we’ve got flashing lights, and there’s a poker-loving hairy manbeast behind me — might as well have some fun!

So that’s the fight …

Racener vs. Duhamel
John vs. Jon
Full Tilt vs. PokerStars
Florida vs. Canada
RCNR T-shirts vs. Montreal Sweaters
30.7 million vs. 189 million

(blinds at 600k/1.2m)


One difference, however … Racener has the Sam Chauhan rubber band, while Duhamel … is from Canada, eh?

What Coulda Been …

by , | 9:41 am

A kinda cool shot of the Michael Mizrachi bustout press conference … on a day where seven, and later eight, poker players will think much about how close they came toward making a major step toward legendary status and the very most of the opportunity the poker gods put in front of them.

Breaktime Breakdown: Part 2 of 4

by , Nov 6, 2010 | 11:28 pm

It’s not breaktime, but they’re taking a pause … to count chips and change tapes (really? ESPN still uses TAPES?), so it’s a good time to see if our pre-game assessment was accurate or not.

Current chip counts.
Cheong – 62,725,000
Duhamel – 25,800,000
Grinder – 28,450,000
Racener – 39,600,000
Candio – 29,725,000

Blinds are at 500k/1M +1f0k

Break-time Breakdown: Studying November Nine, Part 1 of 4

Joe Cheong love-fest?

by , | 2:13 pm

Looking at the players, the table positions, the chip stacks, the personalities … got together with David Chicotsky from Maven Training and @AgentMarco from QuadJacks to assess the nitty-dirty of the November Nine:

(In a nutshell … gogogo Joe Cheong?)

Don’t Get ESPN3 but want to watch WSOP Final Table Feed?

by , | 1:01 pm

If you are a part of the majority who cannot access ESPN3 (because of non-deals between ESPN and various ISPs) and want to watch the “live” 5-minute delay of the WSOP Final Table this weekend? Well all you need is a friend or family member who can access ESPN3. Here is a step-by-step guide on how totrick your provider into giving you the goods:
  • Go to to check if have access to the stream (this can be done by checking any of the live events that happen to be running at that time).
  • If you do not have access check the to see if you can find one in your area that a friend may have. Most universities and libraries have access, Once you find somewhere to go head over and log onto ESPN3 with your computer (you may have to choose your, or in this case your friends, provider from the list).
  • Verify that you can then watch a live event.
  • Create an account (it is free) if you do not already have one and make sure you are logged in.
  • Click on the “Remote Access” link (located on the top bar next to watch now). This syncs your account to remember you are able to watch ESPN3 events.

This syncs your account to remember you are able to watch ESPN3 events. Now that you have completed those easy steps you can head home and wait for the coverage to begin. Then just log back into your account and start up ESPN3. If you are unable to access the event right away then click on the “Remote Access” link again and things should start up.

Tao of Pokerati: Episode 1 November Nine

by , Nov 5, 2010 | 3:40 pm

Podcasting action shots. Not quite worthy of video, but certainly would make for a good holographic Slurpee coin.

That’s the big news — major-extreme technological advancement, from the original producers of Pop music disguised as a poker podcast … after prolly more than 200 episodes that required actual clicking efforts for our listeners to hear, we now have it where a single click can get you Tao of Pokerati updates forever and ever.

Click here to subscribe, and enjoy the first episode, getting ready for this weekend’s big WSOP action … nice one out-the-gate, starting off by misidentifying Michael Mizrachi’s ethnic heritage as if I were the Sharron Angle of Poker:

N9 – Episode 1: Power Breakfast – Italian Cock and Eggs — Dan and Pauly recorded an episode at their favorite breakfast place after a power meeting to prep for the November Nine. They discussed a bit of pre-game strategy and what’s to come for upcoming coverage of their third November Nine and sixth WSOP Main Event final table. As per usual, Dan veered off topic and delved into a tangent about cocks again (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

For more episodes of the 2010 WSOP visit the Tao of Pokerati archives.