The Day 1A players are returning from dinner break for three more hours of play. Here is a quick round up of odds and ends from this afternoon.
HE IS A QUALIFIER?
We have all come to expect qualifiers with varying bankrolls, but this one sneaked up on us. Veteran Norwegian pro Thor Hansen. Hansen, who has earned nearly $2,700,000 in live tournament winnings and lies second in Norway's All Time Money list.
Today, he is sneaking under the radar at his table. Most folks there believe no one among them is famous. In fact, not a single soul has recognized him. That said, he says the number of friends coming up to say howdy is causing some suspicion.
Hansen won his seat in a $11 rebuy on PokerStars exactly six weeks ago and is currently on 29,000. He says he would have more but got unlucky twice. First he flopped a set, but fell victim to his opponent's flush on the river.
The second time, Hansen held aces and not one, but two players made flushes on the river.
Still, Hansen is hoping to go deep in the Main Event after having failed to cash so far this Series.
By definition, our friends at Team PokerStars Online do most of their best work alone. They got their contract by playing big and best on PokerStars and they sit in their offices all day and all night to crush the online tables. (Tap them up if you need some FPPs.*)
But the World Series is where the entire poker world unites as one, and even the finest online operators come out in force to chase a bracelet. In the field today are two of the very best: Randy "nanonoko" Lew and Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc. And they're faring just fine without a screen in front of them.
Lew cashed for $8,372 in the $2,500 no limit event last week. He managed to come back from the short stack on the bubble to finish in 22nd and get his World Series away on the right track. He's back among it today and made the dinner break with something like his starting stack.
Physioc is different (space)gravy. He once claimed to be able to make $25,000 in one month by playing $60 sit and gos only. Some folk didn't believe him and bet against him. They were forced to pay up after only 21 days.
It's a different style of play in the seven-day World Series Main Event, but Physioc has the patience demanded too. He finished 11th at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo last year, earning the equivalent of $127,541 in the process.
With the skills of the online generation, and proven aptitude in the live arena too, these two are well worth watching.
*Do not tap them up if you need some FPPs.
TWEET OF THE HOUR
@RealKidPoker (Daniel Negreanu) baffled by celebrity: "So bizarre, I signed yet another female body part that will become a tattoo. I will never, ever, get used to that."
STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
Number of Day 1A starters: 1,125
Number of Day 1A starters remaining: 907