Riding the rail at the 2007 WSOP

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer plays the final table of Event 20

No matter what event is going on, there's always a fan, friend or family member hanging out at the ropes watching someone play. From the least known person just at the World Series on a hope and a prayer to the biggest names, someone is there to cheer them on.

Greg Raymer has plenty of fans in the poker world, but today his biggest fan came out to watch him at the final table of the $2,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Eight-or-Better. His wife Cheryl flew in yesterday and was watching him play today.

It was just by chance that it worked out that she was there for the final table. It was a pre-planned trip, and she'll go back and bring their children down later in the World Series as well.

This is Greg Raymer's second final table this year at the WSOP, and it will be his third cash as well. Not bad for the 2004 Main Event winner. Perhaps his wife will bring him luck and a second WSOP gold bracelet to add to his collection.

Cheryl said she doesn't get as nervous watching him play anymore, not as much as she used to. She's happy the game has brought him fame and recognition.

Shannon Shorr isn't as well known in the poker world just yet, but he's working on it. He's also working on healing up a broken back and heal and still playing at the World Series of Poker.

His railbirds for the series happen to be his mom and girlfriend who are also there to help him with his crutches and wheelchair when he needs it.

Shorr broke his back while "messing around" at home. He took a bad fall, fracturing two vertebrae and breaking his heel as well.

According to his girlfriend, who was flying in the day he ended up in the hospital, Shorr spent a couple days in the hospital and then went directly to the Rio to enter in a tournament, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with re-buys event.

It didn't seem like the wisest decision, but the pain killers were doing their job and Shorr ended up cashing in 56th place. And his mom and his girlfriend have been their every step of the way since to help him and support him.

Their only complaint: having to stand almost all day while he's playing because there is no fan seating at the World Series of Poker.

Not everyone has family and friends that can come out to Las Vegas just to watch them play. Stuart Rutter came in from England for the World Series with a group of buddies who were also playing. They don't always get to watch each other play, but he managed to accumulate some railbirds anyway.

While out to dinner one evening, a local couple who just like poker and come to the World Series, ran into Rutter and befriended him. He isn't a poker star yet, but now he has two fans who supported him through his first cash at the 2007 WSOP, the $5,000 Mixed Limit/No-Limit Hold'em event that kicked off the tournament series this year.

Poker is a big friendly world now full of railbirds waiting to make the acquaintance of stars and even the littlest known players who could someday become big.

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