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Show Me The Money – Day Nine Of The WSOP

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12:00 p.m.

Jack Effel, tournament director extraordinaire, has announced that today's $2,500 NLHE has exceeded expectations by at least 300 players and that they expect a large prize pool. The room is a different sounding one than the one we faced yesterday... the distinct clatter of chips is much higher and you can hardly hear yourself over the players talking with one another as the initial excitement of starting the tournament comes over them.

12:20 p.m.

I made a quick walk through the tournament floor. For a large field, there is a surprisingly small number of big names playing. Perhaps they are all saving themselves for the $10,000 Stud event that starts later today. I think a big reason the pro's prefer those events is because there are fewer players in them and their chance at winning a bracelet is higher. Personally, I'd play the events that I was best in, not the ones that had the smallest number of entrants.

1:15 p.m.

Something I was thinking about as I walked through the tournament area is how we as media latch onto poker players as recognizable or big names when in many instances the player hasn't done much other than win one tournament or go deep in a big tournament. Granted, winning an event like the Main Event will brand you for life as a big name, no matter how much you might suck at poker. The question I have for myself is why do we give so much credit and recognition to players that aren't deserving. I'm not going to name names, but as I was walking through the floor and saw players that most media consider “big” names, I was asking myself what they had done lately to deserve this type of status. The answer in most cases is nothing.

2:45 p.m.

There's this older gentleman sporting a green mohawk and wearing a patch that says “Old Fart” -- a sure fire way to get me to take your picture. If you were looking for attention, mission accomplished Mr. Old Fart.

Phil Hellmuth lost a big pot where he re-raised the cutoff's raise pre-flop and was called. The flop was 9-5-2 rainbow. Hellmuth checked and his opponent checked. The turn was the 9 of diamonds putting two diamonds on the board. This time Hellmuth bet 700 into the 2K pot and was called. The river was the 7 of diamonds putting 3 diamonds out there. Hellmuth led out for 1,375 and was called. His opponent showed 5-4 of diamonds for the baby flush. Hellmuth mucks and says, “He beat my over pair. Guys are such idiots these days, it's unbelievable.”

Well Phil, maybe if you didn't play like a donk yourself, people wouldn't draw out on you. I hate to be giving lessons to an eleven time bracelet winner but when you check a raised pot on the flop (come on, no one is going to bet after you raised pre-flop, too obvious) and then give a guy nearly 4:1 on his money with a weak turn bet on a paired board with flush potential, you might want to look in the mirror before you call someone an idiot.

4:30 p.m.

I guess they'll let anyone on television these days. I was walking into the tournament area and saw a familiar face on the ESPN 360 broadcast. I looked over and sure enough, it was Rick Fuller doing the color commentary for the broadcast. Rick looked over at me and stuck his tongue out as if he knew he shouldn't be there.

Shannon Elizabeth must have a sweet deal with Doyle's Room, she's playing in the $10,000 Stud Event.

5:15 p.m.

The $5,000 Shootout from yesterday is nearing completion of Round 2. This isn't a knock on the event (well ok, maybe it is) but this has to be the easiest way to cash in the WSOP, make a final table at the WSOP, and win a bracelet at the WSOP. Essentially, it's like a triple shootout at PokerStars. Win your first match and you have a WSOP cash. Win your 2nd match and you've made a WSOP final table. Win your 3rd match and you have a bracelet. Easy as pie! So far Greg Mueller has advanced and John Juanda has a stranglehold on his table with three left, but anything can happen so it's not a sure thing that he's through yet.

6:15 p.m.

The $10,000 WSOP Stud Event, as expected, has quite a few big names in it. All the usual suspects so I won't waste your time with the names. At Greg Raymer's table, I overheard a conversation he was having with Ted Forrest concerning his weight. I didn't quite catch it all but I think Forrest wanted to make a prop bet with someone on how much Raymer weighed because when he started to say the number Forrest went, “no, no, no, don't tell us.”

Raymer told the table he'd get on a scale anytime but that the only thing he was taking off was maybe his hat and shoes. Thank goodness for small favors. Or is that a big favor? Ted Forrest agreed with me as he said, “Yeah, that's fine, we don't need to see you naked.”

That, Sir, is the safest bet you've made all day.

The $2,500 NLHE event has gone on dinner break, two final tables are still playing down, and the $5,000 NLHE Shootout still has three tables going on but should be finished soon enough. Lots going on but that's going to do it for me today. I'll have tournament recaps at the end of the day and a report on the $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 final table once it has completed.

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