It’s hard to believe that the World Series of Poker Main Event is already upon us. With the expansive coverage of the event on ESPN and PokerGo, the hopes and dreams of thousands of poker players rise and fall with every hand that is dealt.
But that’s not the only place we’ve seen some compelling content as photos of starting stacks and tales of the worst bad beat stories ever told have continually spilled onto #pokertwitter and the social media feeds of poker fans around the world.
So, while it’s impossible to catch it all, here are a few of some of our favorite social moments from the past week that at the WSOP.
Before the start of the Main Event, players were looking to take their last shot in the $365 GIANT. As poker players are wont to do, many waited until the last minute to purchase their seat, thus making the lines to register for the event befitting of the name.
Line for the giant. 🤼♂️🤼♀️🤼♂️ pic.twitter.com/ssqoUXMfxr
— jchak (@JCHAKnv) June 30, 2018
Spend enough time in Las Vegas and you’ll quickly find out that much of what you see is a mirage. The World Series of Poker is no exception where what you see is not always what you get. (Investors beware!)
This guy is not a pic of a guy taking a selfie with his stack. It’s a pic of a guy sitting on 4k who asked me if he could take a selfie with *my* stack.
Of course I was happy to. Love the atmosphere in these small WSOP events. pic.twitter.com/v4fBOVhTGq
— Terrence Chan (@tchanpoker) June 30, 2018
One of the few snafus by WSOP organizers this year occurred at the start of the final table for the Ladies Event. Rather than being the featured table on PokerGo or Twitch, the event was regulated to the back of the room while Razz…yes Razz…got the initial spotlight.
Yo, @wsop I love you but there is one ladies event the whole summer. Draws a huge rail. You know this but you’re sticking us in the back corner of Brasilia & aren’t even doing live stream until Razz is done? And Razz doesn’t even START until 2pm? Wtf?
— Danielle Andersen (@dmoongirl) June 30, 2018
Credit to those in charge, the situation was quickly rectified and Jessica Dawley’s victory was broadcast and seen by thousands.
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 1, 2018
Main Event Mascot
Joe Camel’s roommate, Chippy, is the new mascot for the World Series of Poker. Not saying Chippy’s not adorable but perhaps he’s promoting everything that the WSOP actually doesn’t want at the table: headphones, sunglasses and a bottom row of teeth so yellow it’s clear he’s taken one too many smoke breaks in the 100 degree heat.
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) July 2, 2018
Look close: Kevmath is about to knock Chippy out of the tournament.
Main Event Mania
The excitement of playing the Main Event is simply too much for some. They get there, pay their $10K and simply can’t wait to get it in…
Jesus. I wish Ramdin’s opponent made it farther. And got on TV. pic.twitter.com/89PDNOTg9a
— Allen Cunningham (@AllenCunningham) July 2, 2018
Max pain for Max Steinberg.
Well this is a first. AA first hand of the main. Get it all in vs KK. K in the window. Two players said they folded other aces. GG!
— Maxyface (@MaxJSteinberg) July 3, 2018
For clarity. UTG raises 375. I make it 1200 UTG 2. Both blinds overcall. He makes it 45k (yes 45k, not a typo). I go all in. https://t.co/taCElDzZRb
— Maxyface (@MaxJSteinberg) July 3, 2018
The Bank Of Timex is back in action.
Hellmuth gunna Hellmuth.
This was yesterday at @WSOP Main Event. Tomorrow I’ll need to use all of my “Magic” (focus, reads, patience, bluffs, experience, and perfect timing) to make it through Day 2 and beyond #PlayTimesOver pic.twitter.com/dRgztxfzaW
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 6, 2018
Ausmus showed THEM!
They said I’d never go deep in the main again…
They said it was all luck…
They said I’d likely never even run up a stack again…
Well it looks like they had a pretty good read on the situation, I just busted the main 🤷🏽♂️
— Jeremy Ausmus (@jeremyausmus) July 5, 2018
Bay to the Bay Area for Blumenfield.
Not to be outdone by my friend @MaxJSteinberg I grinded up from 35k to 80k and got it all in AA vs KK. AT5 on flop and I’m done after QJ runners. Tough exit from Main.
— Neil Blumenfield (@nrb1) July 5, 2018
Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young keeps building…
Stacks on stacks.
The defending WSOP Main Event Champion, upon being eliminated from the event on Day 1 while on a feature table, responds to an online critic with the same class and thoughtful voice that he used throughout his year as the reigning champion.
What it shows is how strong mentally you have to be to play this game at the highest level… I knew the right answer but I let the moment get the best of me. I actually felt more pressure today then I did at the final table last year. Poker is just a game. Life goes on. https://t.co/mDhcIt1e70
— Scott Blumstein (@SBlum2711) July 3, 2018
Finally, Ferguson Faces The Truth
Hellmuth may be the hero we get, Uncle Ron is the hero we deserve.
Jus confronted Chris Ferguson for all us poker players… pic.twitter.com/dMqakuLNFP
— Uncle Ron (@UncleRonAA) July 2, 2018