"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
Lewis Carroll- The Jabberwocky (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
Tis the night before Day 1 of the 2007 WSOP Main Event. For some skilled/lucky person Christmas in July is right around the corner. As I was driving home from PetSmart Lewis Carroll's poem jumped into my head as I was thinking of the days ahead for some of our friends/fellow bloggers/significant others. Yeah, Carroll probably took one to many hits off a Hookah back when he wrote that poem but I think its apropo for what may be lying in wait for 5000-6000 poker players.
I got home from my errand having missed Snake5970's break-time call from the Venetian Deep Stack $1060 buy-in. Alive but short-stacked and card dead for the last hour and a half of play and a pretty low M. Tourney poker can be cruel. 5 hours into a tourney and fighting for survival and an ever elusive payday, I could sense a little frustration in his voice. But hes a ballah he knows what to do. I left a pointless message on the cell stating "You know how to play a short-stack" push with ATC".
So without further ado I wish the following people best of luck in the Main Event:
1) Snake5970 aka Fearless Ray of the Adirondack Poker League
6) George from the Adirondack Poker League
7) Chumley from the Poker Analysis forum
and of course the KOD-Cracknaces gets props too for his main event seat win (although he is sitting out the Main Event investing in school and a new car).
What kind of Champion will be born this year? Some internet prodigy who barely sees the light of day who graduated from Nintendo GameBoy to Magic the Gathering to Online Poker? Will we have another snake-oil salesman, swarmy champion like last years Jamie Gold, or a quiet and unassuming champion ala Allen Cunningham? Or a geeky, he shouldnt have won it champion ala Robert Varkonyi? Or will Jordan Morgan or Isaac Haxton, who have made the move from online to live wizardry be last man standing at the end? I'm a betting girl and I will lay odds that a female does not win the Main Event. No offense to my gender but the numbers are just against us.
Regardless someone's destiny hasnt been revealed yet and my friends will have to wade thru minefields of slively toves, frumious Bandersnatches, borogoves, and mome raths to be the last one standing. I'll be glued to the chip counts at PokerNews as well as the live blogging. All my thumbs and toes are up for the great coverage being brought to us by Change100, Dr Pauly, Mene Gene, Amy Calistri, Craig Cunningham, Falstaff, BJNemeth and all the "interns" busting their humps. Otis gets props too, I think I passed him in the hallway outside the Carnival Buffet as I was on my way to meet LJ for brunch the day of the Ladies Event. And to my lovely gal pal Carmen you rock girl. She's been bringing us all another side of the WSOP featuring inteviews with myself and MiamiDon and Change100 just to name a few.
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.