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WSOP Daily Report: Best Card Protector Ever, Table Controversies Adding Up

Don’t be scared to mix things up, many poker players say, and that’s what Kenna James (photo) did yesterday in Event #43: $1,500 Limit Hold’Em. Along with his beverage and his glasses, James sat at the poker table with a special card protector.

“Don’t try to steal my big blind,” he said, picking up Tank and putting her in his arms. According to PokerNews Live Reporting, Tank is a four-year old Terrier-Chihuahua mix and most probably the best card protector in this year’s WSOP, if not ever. Unfortunately though, Tank didn’t help James much as he was eliminated late in the tournament.

Meanwhile, at another Limit table, Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari tried to pick up the pace and play a game of “Lodden Thinks.” For those who don’t know what that game is all about, in “Lodden Thinks” two players place bets on trying to guess a third player’s answer to a given question. For example, one of the questions in which Esfandiari was involved sounded like this: “How long does it take for a specific player at the table to do his hair in the morning?” Another more interesting question involved Barry Greenstein: “How long could Greenstein last in a small, square room with just a toilet, bed, and light?”

We don’t know if Esfandiari won the bets but what we do know is that “The Magician” was able to survive Day 1 even though he is short-stacked. Other big names are in the same boat including Event #3 winner Brandon Shack-Harris, five-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro, and Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu. The leader of this particular pack is Paul Mannoni.

In the other two non-no-limit events of the day, new table controversies emerged after the brawl in the Amazon Room. Again, Brandon Cantu was center-stage and called the floor during a hand. Cantu won the dispute and his opponent, Maria Mayrinck, had to stay pat for a round. But this didn’t stop a player from mentioning the already notorious “angle-shooting” expression. “I thought you said yesterday you didn’t angle. There’s no scenario in which she would change her draw,” an opponent told Cantu.

And this was not the only controversy in Event #41: $1,500 Dealer’s choice six-handed. A No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw hand had to be reconstructed after Senovio Ramirez received the same card that he put out after a draw. The staff had a hard time in reconstructing the hand as players couldn’t precisely recall their cards and their suits. Eventually, all the cards were in place and play resumed only to stop again with ten players left.

Robert Mizrachi leads the field but he’ll have to watch out for the two ladies remaining: two-time bracelet winner Jennifer Harman and mixed-game cash specialist Melissa Burr.

Last but not least, Event #42: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed kicked off yesterday and Belgian Davidi Kitai is in the hunt for his second 2014 gold bracelet. Kitai is the chip leader with a massive 250+ big-blind stack followed by Brandon Crawford and 3k shootout winner Kory Kilpatrick. Also in the race are Michael Mizrachi, Scotty Nguyen, Ashton Griffin, Jonathan Little, Phil Galfond, JC Tran, Phil Hellmuth, Richard Ashby, Calvin Anderson, Jason Somerville, and Eli Elezra.

Check out PokerUpdate tomorrow to find out more about these events.

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Florian Gheorghe

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