World Series of Poker
Although it's not the main event there was still plenty of drama....for those playing. You see, the only more boring than playing in a poker tournament is watching other people playing in a poker tournament. I still had to check out the action going on down at the Rio for this year's World Series of Poker. This picture is from the final table of the $2,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo(rules) event. This wasn't being televised by ESPN but they still use the ESPN final table. I was in the bleachers for about an hour and after I took this picture I was told by security that I can't use a flash. The rest of my pictures didn't turn out to well.
All is not lost though. I took a video of an interesting hand. Daniel Negreanu is short-stacked and was all in with three opponents.
Here is a link to the video I took :
You might think Daniel's reaction is funny but I personally like Cuong Do's reaction the most. He is the player at the far end of the table who painfully folds his two pair after a bet by Jack Zwerner. When the cards get turned up he sees that he was bluffed out of the sidepot and that Daniel is still in the tournament. So he loses the pot and doesn't get to move up the money ladder.
It's considered proper tournament "etiquette" to check your hand all the way down to the river to increase the likelyhood of the all in opponent losing the pot, busting from the tournament, thus making everyone left...richer. It's called implicit collusion.
I vowed never to watch a split-pot poker final table ever again. Too many times it's two people in the hand and one person has the best possible high hand and the other holds the best possible low hand resulting in the pot being split. So you get to watch two people betting back and forth only to have the cards shown down at the river and each person taking their bets back.