Players Breaking

With World Series Of Poker Heading For Home, Players Breaking

John Thompson came out to the World Series of Poker three days before the tournaments began in Las Vegas. That was over three weeks ago, and on Tuesday afternoon, Thompson was in the lobby of the Rio, and had plans of heading upstairs and taking a couple days break.

“I came here early, and I have played poker straight for almost a month, breaking only to eat and sleep,” said Thompson. “At this point, I just need a break, so I’m going to take a couple of days away from the tables, maybe head out to the pool and catch some rays, refresh my brain, and get ready for the stretch run.”

Thompson is one of hundreds of players that come to the WSOP each year and stay for the duration. In order to accomplish such a feat, the players must have a combination of a healthy starting bankroll, and some luck in the early tournaments. With thirty-three tournaments in the books, players that have not yet cashed may be looking for a ticket home.

“I haven’t cashed yet in the WSOP, but I have done pretty well in the cash games in between,” said Kyle Banks. “That has kept my bank roll from depleting, and now I’m just going to play small until the main event. I don’t want to burn myself out anyway before the big one.”

In the latest action at the WSOP, Eric Rodawig won event thirty-three, a Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship. Rodawig will have no problem having the cash to play out the string at the WSOP, having won $442,183 for his first place finish. Phil Hellmuth took second for the second time at the WSOP, winning $273,233.

Thirty-nine players remain in event thirty-five, a Pot-Limit Omaha/Six Handed tournament. Gregory Brooks leads the $5,000 buy-in event, with professional player Erick Lindgren hot on Brooks’ heels. Vanessa Selbst and Tom Dwan are also within striking distance of the chip lead in the tournament that began with 507 players.

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