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WSOP In and Out List: Effel's Twitter, Pros Bitter
We’re into the second week of the 2011 World Series of Poker and we’ve got a brand new batch of snap judgments on the people and events we’ve seen thus far.
Who’s in and who’s out at the WSOP this week? You’re about to find out.
WSOP In List June 3-10
We’ve known Russians have poker skills for some time but they’re really driving the point home so far at this WSOP.
With final table appearances from Russian powerhouses Nikolay Evdakov and Vladamir Shchemelev, and now a win by Viacheslav Zhukov, Russia has already done big things here in Las Vegas.
According to Zhukov there’s an army of young online pros forming in Russia, and when they begin to come of age we’re going to see even more Russian wrists with WSOP bracelets on them.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Christian Harder: IN
Christian Harder is in this week because of one word: perseverance.
Earlier in the week he got stopped speeding and didn’t have his registration. Somehow he didn’t get a ticket.
You’d think he’d have learned his lesson but no, just a few days later he got stopped again and this time the cop wrote him a ticket.
Then last night he got booted from the nightclub Surrender over something he emphatically denies doing.
If you’ve ever met Christian Harder, you’d know he’s hardly the kind of person to cause any problems in a nightclub let alone something worth getting kicked out for.
After all that he’s still killing it at the WSOP. At the time of publishing he's the chip leader in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Holde'm event with three tables left.
WSOP tournament director Jack Effel is in this week because he’s absolutely killing it on Twitter.
Effel’s been responding to player questions and addressing floor rulings like clockwork since the WSOP began, and still finding time to slip in a few jokes here and there.
Jack’s been doing an outstanding job and for that we salute him. If you like the WSOP follow Jack right here.
WSOP Out List June 3-10
Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer: OUT
These two players are usually fixtures at the WSOP but neither of them has even made an appearance so far this summer.
One can only assume that they’re afraid of dealing with hordes of disgruntled Full Tilt Poker customers, and rightly so.
A good number of people here at the WSOP have significant amounts of money still tied up on the site, and they definitely aren’t thrilled about the way FTP has handled things.
At least Jesus still has time to eat Thai food at the famous Lotus of Siam down on East Sahara.
Anyone Who’s Against “The Big One” in 2012: OUT
A select few players have spoken out against the $1 million buy-in tournament that was announced by Guy Laliberte for the 2012 WSOP.
The biggest complaint this group has is that this event will skew the overall money list, and that it gives people rich enough to buy in an easy shot at a bracelet.
While those complaints may have some merit, we counter by saying that any event that generates $111,000 for charity from every single buy-in can’t be bad.
That’s right, 11.1% of every $1 million buy-in is going straight to the One Drop charity foundation.
If that means a new name shows up on the top ten money earners list then so be it.
The Sunglasses and Hoody Look: OUT
Seriously, this isn’t 2005 and you’re not intimidating anyone.