Once or twice a year, I get really paranoid. I'm afraid to look Team PokerStars Pros in the face. I get a sense they don't want to shake hands with me (these people are in addition to germaphobes like Daniel Negreanu who avoid me at most times for health and safety reasons). I worry that even writing their names on the PokerStars Blog will cause them undue harm. In short, I feel like William H. Macy in the "The Cooler" minus the fun part where I get to hang out with a naked Maria Bello.
This is one of those times.
This is crunch time at the World Series of Poker. We're something like ten days from the Main Event. The Team Pros are looking to put up some big cashes and ideally win a bracelet or two. They've come close several times. Notably, Joe Cada, Vanessa Selbst, Negreanu, David Williams, and Barry Greenstein have all come within striking distance of bracelets this year. I've written about all of them at the crucial moments. So, it's pretty obvious who is to blame for the lack of gold on Team Pro this year.
I'm sorry, okay? I'm a bad person. I'm selfish. I'm a bit of a hedonist. I get so involved in the constant up and down of my computer keys that I lose sight of the fact real people are involved here--people with hopes, dreams, and millions more dollars than I'll ever see in my life. I'm sorry. I'm a cooler. A stinky, graying, contemptible cooler.
With that in mind, I'd like you to just ignore the following points, alright? Let's not let me contribute to another disappointment. In a word full of let-downs, let me not be the crooked face that launches a thousand three-outers. I'll dig my own hole in the desert while the rest of you go out for dessert.
So, let's just pretend these things aren't happening:
Vanessa Selbst is one of the biggest stacks in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament that began yesterday. A few more than 230 remain out of the 1,607 players who started. Selbst has something like 100 big blinds and the ability to know what people are thinking before they know what they are thinking.
So, there's that. And then there's this:
Viktor Blom--you've heard of him, right?--isn't doing much more than being the top Team PokerStars Pro remaining in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The cat has some experience in big buy-in events, but this 8-game contest is one that could cement his spot among the top players in the game.
As if that wasn't enough, of the 108 entries to the event, only 62 remain. Among those Day 3 players are the following Team Pros: Blom, Greenstein, George Danzer, Jason Mercier, Alex Kravchenko, and Chad Brown. That's nearly ten percent of the remaining field, you know.
But again, none of that is happening. Ignore everything I wrote. Go outside and look at the sun for a few minutes.
And good luck to the Team Pros at the Rio tonight. And, in advance, I'm sorry.