Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud

Sweating the Game

• Taso 3: 200-400, 50 ante
Chris Amaral

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals are on the TV along the far wall, and it's turned into quite a game.

Phil Ivey just showed up, and his seat is in front of the TV, facing away. As such, Ivey is spending 80% of his time turned away from the action at his table as he sweats the last few minutes of the game. It's possible he has a larger investment in the game on TV than the $5,000 he put up for a seat in this Event #10.

Also in the room is Chris Amaral, one of the biggest Celtics fans you'll see. And by "biggest", we mean the Celtics jersey the towering Amaral is wearing is likely sized XXXL. He too is spending most of his time watching the TV screen, but he's a little more vocal than Ivey.

"Yes! Kevin Garnett baby!" he just yelled loudly across the relatively quiet tournament floor. "Hey, how about we get some surround sound set up for this game?"

We've got a few Heat fans in the field, too. Most notably, Michael Mizrachi hasn't looked back at his poker table in at least three minutes as his eyes are likewise glued to the screen.

We're used to this sight here in the Amazon Room. Players putting up five or ten thousand dollars to play in a poker tournament that they're not at all interested in.

Tagit: Chris AmaralMichael MizrachiPhil Ivey