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WSOP rail - a curse, a buzz and a smile

9 July 2007

The curse of the Bluff featured table

While the ESPN featured table has been hosting former World Champions (Doyle Brunson, Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker and Jamie Gold), the secondary featured table, also known as the Bluff Magazine table, has featured some of poker's more famous personalities – Marcel Luske, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Matusow, T.J. Cloutier and Phil Hellmuth.

Only Nguyen was able to avoid the curse baby. Every other player at this table was eliminated on their first day – and quickly.

The Buzz

The Amazon Room was subdued for most of the day Monday. For some reason, the day lacked the fervor of the other Day 1's despite the appearance of Jamie Gold, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.

But things changed once WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel announced that this year's winner will receive $8.5 million.

There was no clapping, but the room suddenly started buzzing as hundreds of players discussed the life changing money.

"I knew that would fire them up," Effel said to another Harrah's official after making the announcement.

Freddy Deeb smiles more when he's winning

Deeb is sitting slumped in his chair today with an empty Tylenol wrapper on his bag, but he comes alive when there are chips to be won.

The reigning $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. champion was all smiles after raising a player all-in with A-6 on an A-6-3 board and receiving a mess of chips when his opponent called the bet and missed his flush draw.

When asked which title he'd rather have, H.O.R.S.E. champ or Main Event champ, Deeb said "how about both."

He thought for a moment then added "although $10 million is better than $2 million."

Peanuts

Mr. Peanut is nowhere to be found one day after his tussle with Mike Matusow, but a couple of superstitious amateurs believe the peanut holds a special power.

Down to just 4,000 chips before the dinner break, a player took the advice of one his table mates and sprinkled peanut shells under his chair and placed a whole peanut on top of his dwindling chip stack.

"The poker gods love peanuts for some reason," his tablemate told him. "Make sure you crush up the shell good."

Touching Gus Hansen

I stopped at Gus Hansen's table when I noticed he had pushed all his chips into the middle. Hansen's opponent folded and the "Great Dane" was chipped up once again, sitting pretty with more than 30,000 tokens.

Hansen had been receiving a massage for more than an hour when I stopped to sweat his hand. The massage therapist, curious why I was scribbling notes behind Hansen, asked quietly who this guy was.

Not wanting to draw unnecessary attention, I wrote "Gus Hansen, one of the world's better players" on my notepad and showed it to her. Her eyes lit up when she realized she was touching a multi-millionaire.

WSOP rail - a curse, a buzz and a smile is republished from CasinoVendors.com.
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Ryan McLane

Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.