Who else but a poker geek would drive down to Fallsview after work (admittedly I had nothing to do) just to watch a bunch of guys play down to the money in a poker tournament? That's right, nobody. Oh well. I'm talking about the WPT Canadian Open which featured a whole bunch of 'name' players for a small buyin (yeah, 2500 is small i guess).
"The Grinder" Mizrachi
So, quite a few high limit players for such a small event... oh well. Of course I didnt realize the event was running until today, and they already busted most of the names but I said screw it and headed down to railbird because, well, i had nothing better to do.
I walk into the room, saddle up to the "rail" which is well placed for spectating, look for a player I can identify and the only ones I know the names of are "Shampoo" and Vince "Hollywood" (I dont know his last name) from my first Degree Poker tournament. Meh. Of course, then I look at the spectators and notice I'm standing right beside Humberto "Spanish for Chark" Brenes. I didn't bother the dude but he was railing Hollywood's table so I assume he had a runner still in the tournament.
I stuck around to watch them play down to 27, saw Joe Sebok in the hall registering for the next event, and generally railed the chipleader's table for an hour or two. He's got a WSOP Bracelet and Ring sitting on top of his chipstack... dudes name is Scott Clements who won an Omaha Hi/Lo bracelet at this past series keeping Phil Hellmuth out of his 10th bracelet. He was playing a big stack relatively well from what I saw, and is clearly a decent player. He leads going into Day 3 tomorrow.
I'll probably head back to Fallsview on Wednesday afternoon/evening for the start of the big one. I wish I was rolled to play the cash games there but its all mid-high for the most part. Something about the tv pro's coming to town has everyone gamboooling high.