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More From Day Six Of The WSOP

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4:05 p.m.

Racing with small pairs. One thing I've noticed is the amazing number of players that are willing to put ¼ to ½ their stack at risk calling a raise with a small pair. The value in these hands is in seeing flops and hitting sets, not going to a showdown unimproved. Case in point. John Juanda moves all in for 30,000 and is called by David Baker. Baker has pocket 2's. Juanda only has 7-6 of clubs but against a lowly hand like deuces he's in good shape. Juanda hits a 7 to double up. It's fine to raise with these hands first to act, and to even call re-raises with them if the price is right, but without putting a chip in the pot calling is bad poker.

4:30 p.m.

At 5 p.m. the inaugural $10,000 Mixed event will be starting. This is an event that will feature eight different games and is sure to draw the biggest and brightest names in poker. The question on my mind is what will the big name players who are still playing in events going to do? Just looking at the final table of the $5,000 Mixed Hold'Em tournament, I see players like Erick Lindgren, Justin Bonomo, Howard Lederer, and David Williams that would definitely be playing in this event if they could. Will there be a nine way all in on the first hand of the final table? Now THAT would be fun. Daniel Negreanu is still in contention in the $1,000 rebuy and you know this is an event he'd want to play in. At least Phil Ivey busted out of the rebuy tournament so he can play.

5:15 p.m.

I wish I had super duper hearing sometimes. The pro's are gathering around prior to the start of the $10,000 Mixed event and I just can't hear what they are saying. I did just have a conversation with Minh Ly about a prop bet they were making on who would win the tournament or cash (I really don't know which it was). It went something like this:

Minh: Goa Li Ma 20%

Me (nodding head): OK

Minh: La Mo Phil Ivey Wi Za 20%

Me (nodding head): Yea, yea, I gotcha.

Minh: Le No Ja 20%

Me (nodding head): Wow! Really?

Minh (nodding head): Pe Ro Ga 20%

Me (nodding head): Good luck today.

Me to Tom Schneider: What'd he say?

Tom Schneider: Something about 20%

True story. I swear.

5:30 p.m.

I was wondering how they were going to integrate the eight different games into the Mixed event. The initial structure seat said the levels were twenty minutes long and each game would be played eight hands of three different games(or one orbit at a 8 handed table) over a 20 minute level. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that it would be impossible to deal 24 hands over 20 minutes. Tournament director Jack Effel cleared up the confusion by stating that after the 24 hands had been played, play would stop at that table until every other table had finished that rotation. Kind of like hand for hand play.

6:30 p.m.

Random conversations I just had:

First with Daniel Negreanu about his new poker training site. He told me that it's something he's really excited about. He said the small ball section he did will change the way people play tournament poker if they apply it correctly.

Next up was Bryan Devonshire whose chip stack in the Omaha 8 event had dwindled to the point where it's all or nothing. Devo was at one time among the chip leaders. I asked him what happened. He said “what happened to me over there, people would get arrested for less.”

I ran into Tony G. who had just flown into town and was playing in the $10,000 Mixed Event. I asked Tony how many events he planned on playing and he laughed and said “until the money runs out.”

Before I got back to the press box, I noticed that Johnny Chan has officially hit his mid-life crisis. He now has red highlights in his hair. Maybe it's so his hair would be red and black like the labeling on his energy drink?

Oh I almost forgot to mention this fun tidbit. As the $10,000 Mixed event was about to start, Dario Minieri came up to Phil Ivey and asked if he could have his picture taken with him. Even poker players with big winnings to their name are fans. Phil kindly obliged him.

8:30 p.m.

The $1,000 rebuy went on dinner break. Michael Banducci took down a big pot off of Daniel Negreanu and is among the chip leaders. I watched this kid play last year and he impressed the hell out of me then. Different year, same story. He has no fear and even though he is seated at a table with Michael Binger, Clonie Gowen, and Daniel he is more than holding his own. Clonie was short stacked for most of the day but she has been on a roll of late and is in good chip position. Negreanu as is his custom, has had a roller coaster day but is still in excellent shape. Binger was short but doubled up right before the break with aces against A-K.

When I was walking through the $10,000 Mixed Event earlier, it seemed players were more interested in prop bets and last longer bets than in playing the game. Players would be running from table to table to see what kind of action they could get. They've settled down in their seats now and are playing some poker.

I noticed Phil Hellmuth didn't show up for the $10,000 Mixed Event – he must still be steaming from earlier.

That will wrap up my coverage for the day. I'll be back tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel.

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