Liv Boeree says she hasn’t been playing much this summer in Las Vegas, favouring instead to “do her thing” (her words), which means heading out in the desert a lot, climbing mountains and trekking down streams. Or, to use her words again, “Gandalfing up a river.” Click the link to see what she means.
Since returning to the Rio over the past week or so, the break appears to have done her good. She is doing her thing very well at the poker tables. She won a satellite to get into the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller (“It didn’t go so well, but it was a great experience”) and is now sitting behind 188,000 chips heading to the second break of Day 2.
Boeree started her day in the Pavilion Room and remains there still. However, players are busting at quite a clip and her starting table was recently swept away in the tsunami. “Good luck everyone, nice playing with you,” she said, as she skittered off to start again somewhere else.
She passed by Celina Lin on her way to her new seat assignment. A glance at Lin’s stack reveals that she now has 105,000. “This is the best I’ve ever done in three tries,” Lin said, referring to the fact that she is still above water into Day 2. As documented earlier in the week, Lin’s World Series last year lasted all of 70 minutes, while her first attempt eight years previously did not get too far either.
Lin knows, however, that there’s still another two days’ play until the money is reached and today, in particular, is a long one. They are playing for 11 hours today, with a 20-minute break after each of five levels, in addition to a 90-minute dinner break.
“I’m used to playing eight hour days in Asia,” Lin said. “And in Seoul, I think there was a six-hour day.” They get things done far more quickly on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, where Lin cut her teeth.
Lin’s fellow Team Asia member, Yaxi Zhu, is now out of the big one. Zhu made the final table of the Ladies Event earlier in the week, but has perished in the early stages of Day 2. The same fate has befallen Barry Greenstein, who followed the Brazilian duo, Felipe Ramos and Andre Akkari out of the door. George Danzer is also no more.
Jake Cody battles on. Cody is so often an action player that it must be a strange hell for him to be sitting with a short stack. But with 60,000 at the moment, it must feel like he doesn’t have much room for manoeuvre. Blinds are still only 500-1,000 (100) in Level 8, so there’s no need to press the panic button.
We’re also claiming Victor Saumont as our own in this World Series Main Event. And why not? When he is not directing documentary films, Saumont writes the French version of PokerStars Blog, so he is one of us. He won a satellite at the Rio on the night of Day 1A, finishing at around 1:30am.
He opted to play on Day 1C, when he was seated on one of the television tables opposite Martin Jacobson, the 2014 World Champion. The cameras were not on, but it was a neat inversion of Saumont’s norm. He last spent a long period at the World Series on the other side of the camera, shooting and producing his brilliant film Nosebleed.
WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.