By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer
There is definitely a different air that is filling the halls of the Rio during the WSOP this year. Gone are the 'hospitality suites' that the online poker sites used to have, even it was under a different name. Gone is the constant buzz of people throughout the room.
What has replaced the positive vibes of the WSOP is altercations between players and the constant call of “floor to table xxx”. This is my seventh year playing and/or covering the WSOP and I have never seen it this hostile, this serious.
I long for the days of Bodog offering the players a chance to have a pillow fight with lingerie models. I miss the Full Tilt Poker suite offering free drinks and swag for all. I want my old WSOP back!
All is not lost at the WSOP this year though. Attendance for a vast majority of event is up. There are plenty of side events, mtt and single table satellites and cash games available to players around the clock. The Poker Kitchen has a lot more food choices, including my favorite, the smoothie bar (even though it's $8).
I was watching the $10,000 NL 2-7 Championship event last night and as expected every table was a who's who of poker. One particular seven-handed table I saw was:
Seat 1 – Unknown European
Seat 2 – Barry Greenstein
Seat 3 – Tom 'donkeybomber' Schneider
Seat 4 – Shaun Deeb
Seat 5 – Erik Seidel
Seat 6 – Sean Sheikhan
Seat 7 – Scott Seiver
A tough table to say the least.
Being in town for around 48 hours so far I haven't had a chance to play a ton yet but I had a close run in the $130 LHE event over at Caesars on Thursday. Around 70 runners paying the final nine spots. On my table was a former November Niner Ylon Schwartz.
With 12 players left the average stack was 67K and I was sitting on 100K and blinds at 4K/8K. It took three consecutive hands for me to bust in 12th. A missed flush draw and missed straight draw took the majority of my stack in the first two hands. The last hand I flopped top pair and was against a gutter royal flush draw. The royal got there.
At least I can say I busted against someone who hit a royal...
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