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More From Day Eight Of The WSOP

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6:00 p.m.

Many tables have finished in the Shootout. Remarkably enough though there are still tables containing six players at them. Phil Hellmuth was complaining about a couple hecklers on the railbird to the floor but stood up and said “Don't get me wrong, I love the audience.”

Yea, you better Phil, they're a big reason you've made as much money in endorsements as you have. A few minutes later, Hellmuth found himself all in with pocket kings only to see that John Juanda had pocket aces.

Hellmuth whined “are you fu**ing kidding me? I waited four hours for this?”

See you tomorrow Phil. Among those advancing to tomorrow's play thus far are Tony G., Burt Boutin, Michael Gracz, John Murphy, Adam Levy, and Alex Jacob .

I did run into Rick Fuller, who ironically I have given the nickname "Phil Hellmuth's b****" since Hellmuth knocked him out at the final table last year on the way to his 11th bracelet. I'm trying to get him to wear a t-shirt that says "I'm Phil Hellmuth's bitch" but he said he'd only do it if I wore one that said "Rick Fuller is a sexy beast." I have no problems with that.

I'd heard Bryan Devonshire talking with Gavin Smith about their beard growing prop bet. There are about seven pro's who have a bet on who can go the longest without shaving. If you shave you have to pay each of the others $500. Fuller was telling me he didn't think he could make it and that it was his immediate goal to make a final table so he could just pay the bet off and have his face stop itching.

7:30 p.m.

Theo Tran was just eliminated from the $2,000 NLHE event in 4th place, his second 4th place finish in a week. After losing a monster pot to Shannon Shorr, a visibly dejected Tran ended up putting the rest of his chips in with pocket 7's against Carter Gill who had jacks. The jacks held and Tran walked off, his shoulders slumped... defeated. His friends tried to console him, but all Theo could do was shake his head and repeat over and over “I f**ked up” and telling Nam Le that the hand against Shorr was a huge mistake and that he had no business calling Shorr's all in on the river.

This is one of the hard parts of poker because when it comes down to it, the final decision of when your chips go in the middle is the players. Despite winning nearly $200,000, Tran will lie awake tonight wondering what if. What if he had folded to Shorr? Then the loss to Gill wouldn't have busted him. Being a professional tournament poker player is a tough gig. Only one person can win. Everyone else loses. No one likes to lose. Learning to bounce back is one of the essential skills of a successful tournament poker professional. Here's hoping Theo bounces back.

7:45 p.m.

Advancing in the Shootout is the ever relaxed Joe Sebok. Sebok was outstretched, his legs extended on another chair, as he played heads up for the better part of an hour. Joining him in tomorrow's second round are Greg Mueller, Isaac Haxton, and John Juanda. Erik Seidel is still battling heads up as he has been doing for nearly two hours.

11:00 p.m.


I made one last walk through. There was one guy with about 20 beer cups stacked on his table and he was telling whoever would listen that he was trying to set a record for most cups consumed while cashing in a World Series event. He's obviously never met Jim Meehan or Mike Laing.

Daniel Negreanu is chatting it up in the limit tournament. He has a couple of fans watching his every move on the rail that had returned from a dinner break. He yelled over to them, “Hey, you missed it, I won two hands while you were gone.”

They asked him how much and he said, “Nine hundred, fo fiffee each.”

Negreanu is holding this grip that looks like the grip of a golf club. I asked him what it was and he said it's something that uses muscle memory to improve your grip. “I even sleep with one.”

I laughed and said “no way.”

“No, I mean it” he responded, “I have one in my bed.”

So I asked him what his handicap was. He smiled and gave me a sly, “No comment.”

Which means it's pretty good right now.

Bryan Devonshire shared with me a story of a sick hand he played at the WPT event in Canada recently. “This young guy raised in early position and an older tight dude flat calls. I know this guy has one of those hands he knows he shouldn't fold and think this is a great time for a squeeze play on the button, so I repop it. The big blind flat calls. I'm thinking oops. The early position player folds and the old guy moves all in. Now I'm thinking for sure that he has A-K and there's so much money in the pot that I'm getting the right price to make a sick move so I move all in. The big blind folds what he says was A-K. The old guy shows A-K. The board comes with two fives and my 8-5 off scoops a huge pot.”

Yea, I think that's a good note to end the night on. Back tomorrow for more fun from the felt!

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