"The World Series is like summer camp for adults," Bryan Micon just said over at Table 370. We couldn't disagree, because there was a whole lot going on at this table. We decided to call it a party.
"This is the fun table," Steven McLoughlin shouted to us with a smile, getting Scott Seiver to instantly reply.
"In 90% of the tournaments I play, my table is the fun table," the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker champion said, while taking another sip from his beer.
The table was heavily discussing what the best band in the world was, and McLoughlin came up with Bad Brains, a 70s hardcore punk band.
"The only reason he says that is to show up at dinner parties and explain how that's the greatest band so he can pull up their Wikipedia page. I bet you three to one on $100, and you can pick any seat in this tournament, that the person won't know that band," Seiver laughed as McLoughlin was trying to keep a straight face. Alan Boston immediately joined the conversation, claiming that Deep Purple is in fact the best band in the world. While all of this was going on there was also some poker left to play.
In an Omaha-8 hand it was Alan Boston who raised to 800 from the button and both blinds, Seiver and Tom Schneider, called. The flop came down and after a raising war Schneider got his final 1,700 chips into the pot. Boston showed against Schneider's . The dealer slammed down the turn and river, which we missed since the board got scooped up quickly. Schneider scooped the pot and secured himself of a much needed double up.
Two hands later Schneider, the 2007 WSOP Player of the Year, had the button and he raised it up to 800. McLoughlin defended his big blind and the flop came down . McLoughlin check-called 400 and the turn was the . Once again McLoughlin check-called, this time the bet was 800. On the river the popped up and Schneider took down the pot with another 800 chip bet. Within a couple of hands he had managed to get his stack back up to 8500 while McLoughlin remains short. Boston is in the same situation, and he started complaining about his down swing.
"I've lost more chips this level than you've had all tournament!" Seiver said to Boston who couldn't do anything but laugh and smile as he said that his stack was 13,000 at one point. As he won a small pot Boston grabbed the chips in excitement before the dealer could push them towards him.
"You cannot do that sir," the dealer said, and Boston jumped up from his seat.
"Don't tell me what I can or can't do!" Boston shouted while everyone, including the dealer, started laughing. Boston's chair fell over and he took the opportunity to also blame the dealer for this.
"You know that there's a 'Call Floor' button on ChipTic," one of the floor staff jokingly said to the dealer. "And we also removed the 'Cocktails' button for this table," he added.
The party at Table 370 is likely to continue as we have one more hour, and probably a lot of beers lef in this day.