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Main Event Approaching

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Jul 05, '07

The last two days have been fun. I busted from the 1500 LHE event a couple of days ago and then went to rail my friend Adam Geyer who came into the final table of the SHOE event as chipleader. The funny part is Adam had never played Stud or Stud 8 before the event. After he busted ITM from the 1500 NLHE event that we both cashed in, he promptly went and signed off to play the SHOE event day 1. He had several beers and limped into day 2. He ended day 2 with a great shot at a bracelet at a table that included Chip Jett, Michael Craig and Pat Poels. Adam got heads up with a high limit mixed game Asian player from LA as a 4:3 chip underdog. Adam ran very poorly in Stud and then got 7 outted with one pull of the deck all-in on the turn of a LHE hand for a huge pot and JUST missed winning a bracelet. We had a lot of fun railing. Later, we went and degen'd a craps session and ate dinner as a group at the Japanese restaurant at Rio.

Yesterday, 10 of us rented a pontoon boat on Lake Mead and headed out frighteningly early to get some sun and do some swimming and boating. We all had an amazing time and came home sunburned and tired. It was a great way to celebrate the Fourth.

It's Thursday now (I think), and I just learned that the main event starts tomorrow. I haven't played any satellites or anything, so I will likely just wait until Sunday and buy-in direct and play day 1d. I am still fighting off this cold and I want to be as healthy as possible for the start of the event. I'd prefer playing on Saturday, day 1c, so I could have an additional day off after playing my day 1. That would only be the case if I made it through day 1, obviously. Therefore, I have atleast 3 days off including today before I have to play the main event. Today, I'm going to Rio to play a couple of 1000 dollar single table satellites, because I'm doing myself a disservice if I don't take advantage of the opportunity to play against those soft fields. I woke up late, so I may also go put in some hours at Bellagio. All of the tourists/satellite players should be arriving in town now, so all the games should be yum yum.

I'll update again before I play the WSOP Main Event. I am satisfied with turning a profit in the preliminary events at the series, especially given my physical state of being in which I played the events.


Shannon Shorr is a professional poker player from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He finished fourth in the Card Player 2006 Player of the Year race. You can follow his progress at

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