Friday, July 14, 2006


Wow, what a final table, this is your line up for the final table of the biggest ($$$$) event at this year's WSOP, the $50k H.O.R.S.E. tournament:

1 David 'Chip' Reese 1,756,000
2 Doyle Brunson 1,227,000
3 Andy Bloch 934,000
4 Phil Ivey 885,000
5 Jim Bechtel 841,000
6 David Singer 745,000
7 Dewey Tomko 438,000
8 T.J. Cloutier 351,000
9 Patrik Antonius 13,000

Just amazing, how I wish I were in Vegas to watch it live; but I'm back to Vegas until Monday. Yesterday they played 19 hours straight to get to the Final Table, damn, Doyle Brunson, the legend is 73 years old !!!!!. Just wow, he's the man; he'll be playing today for a record 11th bracelet, but he'll have to face Ivey, arguably the best poker player in the world; Reese, arguably the best all-around player in the last 30 years; Betchel World Champion 1993; Tomko and Cloutier, both two times second in the World Championship, Tomko in 1982 and 2001; Cloutier 1985 and 2000. I expect great poker to be played at the final table; this one will be televised by ESPN.
H.O.R.S.E. stands for Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud high-low. It's a rotation game and it's the most expensive tournament in the WSOP with a $50,000 entry fee; since so many variants of poker are played, it's expected that you have to be a well round poker player to even play it, not to mention you have to be rich (or have rich backers); these guys pay $50k to play one tournament; I don't want to imagine how many people in the world, does not make that much in one year. Poker is just sick in so many ways.


Enrique Treviño said...

Yeah, that final table looks awesome.
It's even fun following it on cardplayer, I can't even imagine how fun it would be to see it live.
The best players fighting for 1.7 million.

Rob said...

I'm just a casual follower, but I've heard of like 6 of those players. I wonder how many main event final table people I'll recognize. 0-2 likely. Shows the difference in buy in, sheer number of players, and skill level required.

This is a good site. Hope your MTT fortunes improve.