A successful HORSE but not at Santa Anita

It seems Santa Anita is experimenting. Instead of the micro brew festivals with bands performing after racing most weekends they had banked (pun intended) on a Snow Day with ski slope, skating rink and 200 tons of real snow. However, another big storm is forecast for the holiday weekend so the event has been postponed. Surely, a heavy storm and mist would add to the reality of being on the slopes?

Back to the Commerce. The Matt Savage HORSE tournament attracted a better than expected 212 entries. The event will probably not conclude until Midnight Thursday with the winner taking home  $55k a seat in the WPT Event and some tip money! I am not even going to predict a winner at this stage as pretty much everyone played.

This left downstairs lacking in names although I did chat with Alec Torelli back from his trip to Aus + NZ.

Todays $1k final threw up some fresh names including Spanish Full Tilt pro Raul Paez. The final was once again a slow affair, probably a tribute to Matt Savages structure. Andy Phan was the only elimination in the first two levels today.

7:00pm update
9) Andy Phan
8) Cheang Yoo
7) Sheldon Hayashi
6) John Racener

9) $4173, 8) $5796, 7) $7882 6) $10432

Chip counts:
Randy Ohel 225k, Estrella Baltazar 185k, Raz Mael 180k, Chou Nguyen 170k, Raul Paez 90k.

As you can see it is still a wide open final.

Spanish invader Raul Paez

Spanish invader Raul Paez

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