Amazon Room remarkably still before WSOP H.O.R.S.E. stampede

24 June 2007

Walking into the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino yesterday, you would never have known that the fifth-largest poker tournament in history was underway.

With the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament set to begin today at noon, many of the top pros were sitting out of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event that started yesterday, and even those who were playing seemed somewhat uninterested. Phil Laak hardly noticed when Humberto Brenes arrived at his table … he was too absorbed in his video game.

While a number of pros were sitting out, amateur players flocked to the low buy-in event, as 2,778 players began play with the hopes of taking home the first place prize of $673,628.

Some of the well-known players who did enter and made it through the first day include: Marcel Luske, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Kathy Liebert, Alex Jacob, Eric "Rizen" Lynch, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Erica Shoenberg.

Now we've seen some players enter multiple tournaments at one time in the last two years. But you have to wonder if players (Luske, Nguyen, Liebert and Ferguson particularly) will attempt to pull off a live multi-table jaunt with a $50,000 entry on the line.

H.O.R.S.E. mega satellite players: "Why me?"
The final $2,250 mega satellite for the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event was played last night, with the top two players earning seats and the third place finisher winning about $35,000 in cash. While this reporter retired for the night before the winners were determined, he does know that there were six players who couldn't have been too excited about sitting at a table with Phil Gordon and Amir Vahedi.


Related Links
World Series of Poker Gaming Vendor Information
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Details
Nevada Gambling
Ranked Online Poker Rooms

Featured Vendors
Broadband Hospitality
TOP ONE TECH LIMITED
Broadband Hospitality
Improve these critical guest-facing amenities: In-room TV, Wi-Fi, Mobile App. Priced right. All here
TOP ONE TECH LIMITED
GLOBAL TOUCH SOLUTION PARTNER OF CHOICE,10+ years OEM manufacturing,100+ thousand units application
Talisman Group Creators of EZ Baccarat
Imagine This
Talisman Group Creators of EZ Baccarat
With over 800 tables in 150+ casinos, EZ Baccarat is the number one brand in baccarat.
Imagine This
Imagine This #1 Source for Player Gifts. Over $50 million in stock ready to ship! Let us serve you!
AmericanChecked
Casino Schedule Ease
AmericanChecked
Background checks for the gaming industry with key & non-key packages & fingerprinting solutions
Casino Schedule Ease
Get a 90-Day Free Trial of 100% contactless, customizable table game & full casino scheduling
Casino Network
Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
Casino Network
20+ years experience selling refurbished slot machines, parts & glass for all major brands
Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
The largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America.
Casino City Press
Slot Machines Unlimited
Casino City Press
A leading publisher and distributor of casino and gaming business data and market research reports.
Slot Machines Unlimited
Exporter of IGT, Williams, AVP, Trimline, Aristocrat, Konami, Bally, & parts over 20 yrs experience
.Dot-iGaming.com
Sunkist Graphics, Inc.
.Dot-iGaming.com
Fully loaded advanced casino platform. One time (low) fee, 100% your property, start now!
Sunkist Graphics, Inc.
Specializing in the creation of best-of-breed gaming graphics - slot glass, sign faces, and more
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Your one stop shop for all your gaming and OEM needs!
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Leader in creating award winning player & employee loyalty programs & events proven to increase ROI
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference
New Level Radio
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference
The biggest little show in Indian gaming! Save the date: Aug 9-11, 2022 in Tulsa!
New Level Radio
Your Casino. Your Music. Your Message.


Your Guide to 15,294 Gaming Industry Suppliers