In many ways, poker is a game of numbers. Chips, big blinds, bets, players, levels, average stack, players remaining – they’re all about numbers. As the field slims down towards about a quarter of the number who started at noon, it is left with exactly one quarter of the Team PokerStars Pros who started in the field.
Early in the day Spanish-language PokerStars blogger Reinaldo Venegas tapped Christian de Leon as his Team Pro favorite of the event. “Grillo” was therefore the first Team Pro to bust out. But de Leon takes a very practical few of these multi-starting-day re-entry events. He believes it’s foolish not to play in the first Day 1 flight for exactly this reason – if you bust on Day 1a, you at least have another shot on Day 1b. He’ll be back tomorrow to try again.
Joining Grillo on the rail are Argentinian Team Pro Leo Fernandez and everyone’s favorite Brazilian, Andre Akkari. Fernandez was on the short stack early, rallied back in the middle stages of the day, then quietly knuckled under before the last break of the night. No word if Fernandez is planning another bite at the apple tomorrow.
Akkari came straight from the airport, arriving at the casino just before late registration closed. He lost a few pots, nursed a short stack for a few levels, and then busted near the end of Level 8, before the last break of the night. No worries for Akkari – he’s planned a relaxing bike tour to a local lagoon for Friday morning.
Mexican Team Pro Angel Guillen was another straight-from-the-airport late arrival. He’s fared much better than his Brazilian colleague. In one recent hand, Guillen check-raised the turn of a K♣J♣7♣K♦ board after his opponent, the pre-flop raiser, checked behind on the flop and then bet the turn. He folded to Guillen’s check-raise, exactly the kind of selective aggression that has allowed Guillen to accumulate 87,000 in chips. He is the only Team Pro still playing on Day 1a and potentially the only one who won’t play Day 1b.
In re-entry events, playing one less day is almost as satisfying as bagging one more stack of chips at the end of the night. In a game of numbers, all of those little “ones” add up quickly – especially when they cost $1,100 each.
Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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