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One On One – Day Fifteen Of The WSOP

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3:45 p.m.

Last night after I submitted my report, I was walking around the $2,000 NLHE area when I heard Phil Hellmuth yelling “Floor! Floor!” The tournament supervisor rushed over to his highness and asked what was wrong. “That guy on the rail needs to go,” Hellmuth said, pointing to a young kid with a white baseball cap on backwards. “I lost a big hand and he's been berating me.” One of Hellmuth's table mates chimed in saying that the kid was being a punk and that if the floor didn't take care of him, he would.

The tournament supervisor walked over to the young man and had a word with him. It looked like at first he was going to go and he started to walk off. He had to get in the last word though. “Hey Phil,” the brash kid said. “Make sure you ship off the rest of those chips.”

A Hellmuth kiss ass comes up, this short, pudgy, Italian man that would probably have about as much chance of beating up the young kid as I would, and says to Hellmuth, “You want me to knock him out for you Phil? I will.”

For some reason he didn't leave and Hellmuth tried to find any reporter who would write the crap that he has to put up with. Don't say I never did anything for you Phil.

Today's feature event is the $10,000 NLHE Heads Up event and the first round matches have all finished. It's unusual to be in the Amazon Room at 4:00 and there be 200 empty tables. The only thing going on right now is the cash games, which is bustling as usual. If you're a cash game player, I suggest coming down to Vegas and getting in on the action.

5:30 p.m.

The Razz tournament has started and I wish I had exciting news to report from this tournament but there's a reason the last two letters of Razz are zz. I saw Tom Schneider and he stopped me and introduced me to his wife Julie who was one table over. She's definitely the better half of that couple. Just kidding... Tom is one of the nicest people I've met in poker and is always willing to talk with me, even if he has had a bad tournament.

The heads up tournament has restarted and it took Vanessa Selbst and Theo Tran under ten minutes to win their matches. Selbst, who is fresh off a bracelet win in the PLO last night, won on the very first hand of her match when she paired a king on the turn with K-J and her opponent could not lay Q-10 down on a 10-5-3-K-2 board. Tran told me that he had been continually check raising Andy Bloch, his opponent, and it was frustrating Bloch to the point that he committed himself for his whole stack when Tran had the nuts. Bloch still had outs as he had flopped a set but the board didn't pair on the turn and Tran moved on to the 3rd round.

There are some good matches going on though including the following:

Robert Mizrachi versus Jeff Lisandro
Gavin Smith versus Nam Le
Jennifer Tilly versus Dustin Woolf
Victor Ramdin versus Michael Banducci
Lee Watkinson versus Andy Black

7:00 p.m.

For a minute there I thought we might have women win events on back to back days as Jennifer Harman made the final table of the H.O.R.S.E. event. She was unable to make it all the way though and ended up with a respectable 7th place finish. Among the players still remaining are Marcel Luske, Hoyt Corkins, and Steve Zolotow.

There are 48 players left in the $2,000 NLHE and most of the big names have been eliminated. Jared Hamby, Barry Greenstein, and Jon Friedberg are still in but are average stacked or worse so they will have their work cut out for them.

Meanwhile, the $2,500 PLO/PLHE tournament is down to 46, which is the bubble since 45 get paid. Still in the running are Max Pescatori, Jordan Morgan, Allen Cunningham, Sorel Mizzi, Howard Lederer, and Rolf Slotboom. Joe Hachem and his new hair cut came up just short as he busted moments earlier.

A short day for me as there are some Friday night Vegas festivities that I need to attend to. Back tomorrow with more World Series of Poker fun!

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