Up in roulette, down in poker at the WSOP
class=img_thumbleft>Chippy Poker proprietor Judd Greenagel has fired off another update on how a few Minnesotans are playing at the World Series of Poker, currently underway in Las Vegas. The WSOP has gain popularity over the past few years, leading to long lines of Doyle Brunson wannabes forking over the $1,000s to enter the events. Greenagel had to do a little palm-greasing just to get his car parked. Feel free to shake your head as to why he rented a car in Las Vegas in the first place.
Greenagel reports a minor controversy has erupted over the WSOP's choice of the "PokerPeek" playing cards made by Bicycle. Some players feel the face designs have made 6s and 9s indistinguishable, prompting many to ask for refunds of their entry fees. Greenagel played with the cards in a Casino Employee Event and was not a fan. Rumor has it the cards will be replaced in upcoming events.
Of course, Greenagel didn't spend too much time playing with the new cards. Fifteen minutes into the Casino Employee Event, he went all in with his A-K against an A-Q and was out-drawn. Greenagel believes only one of the four Chippy Poker players is still in the tournament, the field already cut in half. As far as star sightings go, Greenagel noticed a table in a $5,000 buy-in event occupied by Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, and some other poor saps who had the misfortune of ending up at the same table as those heavy-hitters.
Greenagel plans on entering the $1,500 No Limit Event, but should consider switching to roulette. Greenagel claims he made up for his play at the poker tables by hitting his number five out of ten times while waiting for his crew as they were signing up for WSOP events. And on his way out of the Casino Employee Event, Greenagel quickly picked up his car from the VIP area, leaving four-time WPT title holder Gus Hansen wandering around the lot looking for his wheels.
Check back for future updates from the World Series of Poker!
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