03/07/2005

Getting it Off Your Chest

Joe Beevers 'The Elegance'

2005 World Series of Poker, Las Vegas
$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Report by Joe on Sunday, 3 July 2005 at 11:55 pm

Forty two events and we’ve played quite a few of them. We’ve had chances, decent stacks and gone deep in many but have yet to make a final table. We’ve cashed ten times but we’re obviously a little disappointed. Yesterday was the $10,000 PLO freeze out and Barny is the last Mobster surviving with about 50 players left. It was played as a ‘double chance’ and Paul Maxfield looked a little confused when he came up and asked us if we had $5,000 to lend him because nobody told him that you could have a $5000 add on! Next we’ll play the $1,000 NLH re-buy event on Monday in which a very big field is expected and then we’ll focus for the Championship event which starts next Thursday. Ross plays day one, Barny and I on day two and Ram on day three. Pascal Perrault told us at dinner last night that nine of last years ten finalists played day one and only one from day two made it through. I’m not sure how accurate that is but I am very happy with my draw.

We are running a competition this month and you can win one of the new Prima Poker 2005 Tour T-shirts. All you have to do is guess which Mobster will last the longest in the main event. Please send your entries to comps@thehendonmob.com

With many events two or even three days we have missed playing some tournaments but other players have played two events simultaneously. The other day Doyle Brunson was playing the $5,000 NLH short handed event at the same time as the Razz and Sam Grizzle was helping him move between the tables, carrying things for Doyle, moving chairs etc. Sam, wearing his Doyle cap and shirt, commented to Doyle that it wouldn’t be long before things were the other way around and he was acting as his gofer. I won’t be holding my breath.

During the $5,000 short handed event Doyle shared a table with John Kabbaj at the start. John had built up to over 6,000 and played a pot with Doyle. Doyle’s flush draw missed and John’s big pair stood up but Doyle had won a pot early and still had 2000 left – otherwise he would have been out. The table broke soon after and Doyle went on to make history and win his tenth gold bracelet matching Johnny Chan. Phil Helmuth obviously wasn’t too happy about this and when asked if he was playing the seniors event to try and get level again replied that his father was playing. A Hellmuth senior’s title was definitely possible and no-one had the heart to tell Phil that it wouldn’t count as number ten if he should win it!

During the PLO Phil was handing out invitations to his birthday party. Erick Lindgren asked if he was charging his standard $25,000 appearance fee for turning up!

As I walked into the Rio convention centre yesterday I noticed a large table at the side with two smiling men sat behind. There was a big sign on the table:

They had reduced the price from $5 to $2.50 which is a good thing as we have a few to get off our chest and it’s rumored that Phil has spent a couple of hundred too.

There are, as expected, quite a few Europeans still left in the PLO championship. As well as Barny, Julian Gardner is still there as is Peter Costa, John Shipley and Tony Bloom and Simon Trumper has the overnight chip lead. Maybe we can add a second title to that already won by Lawrence Gosney’s well deserved victory in the $2000 NLH. Congratulations Lawrence...