WSOP Day 1A: A familiar face turns up at the Rio

Posted by stefand & filed under General, World Series of Poker.

By Simon Young

My body clock was all over the place yesterday, thanks to the eight-hour London/Vegas time difference and the long-haul flight over. As a result, I woke up at 3.30am and could not get back to sleep. What else was a chap to do other than pop downstairs to the poker room in the MGM Grand and play a few hands of poker? It was a fun little session, and I enjoyed the company of the chap next to me as we chatted about the occasional hand as the sun rose outside.

As I prepared our coverage at the start of the Main Event today, the same fellow walked in to our PartyPoker lounge at the Rio – it turns out he is one of our qualifiers and is playing for the big one.

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Klaus Malanitsch, who plays as malle00 on PartyPoker

Klaus Malanitsch, who lives near Frankfurt in Germany, is a sales manager in the chemicals industry by day, but a card player by night.

He normally tries his luck in PartyPoker’s tournaments, and it was as a result of a $6,000 win that he bought into one of our satellite finals for the WSOP and secured his seat.

This is his first visit to Vegas, and he admits to thinking the place would be bigger. “But I have not seen that much – I have spent a lot of time sleeping,” he said.

He likes to mix it up at the tables, and once he has observed the style of his opponents, will then try and pick his spots. After nearly four hours today, he’s on about 15,000 in chips, a little down but nothing drastic.

Meanwhile John Webley, the PartyPoker qualifier from the UK, is still on about the 20,000 he started with. “If you take my picture, will it help me win a big pot?” Not sure about that, John, but there’s no harm in trying…

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John Webley enjoying himself at the table