WSOP Day 17 Update - Shaun Deeb Take a Lesson From Tiger Woods, Different Vibes, and Random Pics!
Day 17 of the 2010 WSOP is in full swing. Day 1b of the $1,000 NL Holdem is just out of their dinner break over in the Pavilion Room. Day 2 of the $10,000 Omaha 8 or Better World Championship is playing its way down to the final table. A woman will walk away with a bracelet tonight as the final table of the $1,000 Ladies World Championship is down to heads-up play. Finally, the $2,500 Six-Handed Limit Holdem event is at its final table with Al Barbieri and Dutch Boyd headlining.
Shaun Deeb Issues Statement
As most everyone knows, Shaun Deeb has put up a statement on Youtube regarding his play of the womenâs event. He explained how that he was sorry for dressing in drag and that he was playing for both the sake of a prop bet and charity.
First, the statement is painfully read. Not a lot of emotion in there. Does he really care about the âcauseâ or is this some type of ditch effort to keep from getting a ban? I personally could not watch the whole thing because it had the whole âTiger Woodsâ feel to it.
I am more interested in hearing what Seth Palansky is going to do to the guys that cashed in the event. Will he go as far as banning them? Or will this be an issue that quietly goes away? We should know more soon is my guess.
A âDifferent Vibeâ
Michele Lewis made a tweet this morning that said âMaybe itâs me but the WSOP has different vibe this year.â I totally agree with her. This is my fifth WSOP. To me, it seems that a lot of the excitement and passion has fizzled out of the WSOP. Yes, there are times where there has been great excitement, such as the durrrr final table or maybe the $50,000 Playerâs Championship Final, but for the most part, this just does not feel like the WSOP to me anymore.
The first two years I was here, there were crowds everywhere of players, railbirds, media, etc. At times the crowds are still there, but the vibe to me just feels different. I personally think that the WSOP has become too corporate. At times, I feel that Harrahâs is more concerned about getting more fannies in seats than improving the quality of the product. Granted, there have been great strides to improve thing this year and as far as space, I cannot think of a year that there has been more space. At the same time, everything seems very mechanical at times. The passion is just not there like I have seen in years past.
Part of that may be the fact that half of the WSOP is separate from the rest. If you donât get past Day 1 of the event, you will likely never step foot in the Amazon Room unless you are a railbird. If you are a cash game player, you will be in one section of the building and probably not venture too far. Those of use in the media spend a lot of time in Amazon and less and less in the Pavilion Room from what I see.
The vibe is different because things are different. That is partially the point. Sometimes take a step forward means change. For those of us with a point of reference, there is a different vibe. For some of us, it is not a great one. Others probably love the way things are. Life and poker are always changing. We have to find a way to change with it.
Ok, enough serious talk. Here are some random pics from the last couple of days.
Michele Lewis made day two of the event. While she didnât make the money, we did get this great shot with B.J. (We think Michele knew he was there.)
I donât know why Tom Dwan was holding his breath, but I think it was a tell.
Chris, put down the cards. I am not a banana.
Yes Daniel, there are actually people who have no clue who you are.
Finally, I was watching William Jensen at the $2,000 Limit Holdem final table the other night and thought he reminded me of someone, but I could not figure out whom. The answer came to me a few hours later. For those of you who have watched Superman II, you will get the joke.
This will be my only official update for today's WSOP poker as I am taking the night off to rest up for tomorrows $1,500 Stud 8 or Better event at the WSOP. I will be playing in the event and it kicks off at 5 p.m. I will be blogging tomorrow and will keep you updated on how I am doing via twitter. If you do not follow me already, you can find me on twitter at compncards.
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