Today’s Photo By Numbers was taken during the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, as the final seconds of the Heat-Mavs game ticked away.
As we can see, some poker players are clearly more interested in catching the NBA action than missing a few hands of a $10,000 buy-in tournament.
Follow the numbers to see what’s going on behind the scenes.
- WSOP Tournament Director Charlie Ciresi, hopefully on a legitimate break from overseeing the tournament, although no one here’s going to blame him for taking a few minutes off to watch the Mavs tie up the series 2-2.
- John Juanda can be seen with arms folded, minding his own business and generally blending into the background, as he’s known to do. Juanda is one of the toughest tournament players on the planet and has earned over $11.4 million in his career, good for the sixth-place spot on poker’s all-time money list.
- Erik “Erik123” Sagstrom, feared Swedish high-stakes legend. Sagstrom is a Limit Hold’em specialist and paved the way for a generation of young Swedish upstarts. If you’re wondering about his commitment to the game, Sagstrom dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to pursue online poker full time. So if you think it’s hard explaining that to your parents now, imagine what he went through back in the year 2000.
- Jason Mercier, one of the most successful young poker pros in the world and a native Floridian. The Heat lost by three points in a down-to-the-wire game, so Mercier’s expression was probably a lot more sullen a few seconds after this photo was taken.
- WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla has been known to make a sports bet or two. It's a good bet he had something riding on this game.
- Johnny “World” Hennigan is one of the most notorious gamblers in poker. He got his nickname because he will bet on anything in the world, including NBA finals. His bets on this game are likely bigger than the $10k he’s got invested in the poker tournament.
Photo credit: BJ Nemeth for PokerListings.com.