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More From Day 1C Of The WSOP Main Event

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8:10 p.m.

No bad beat stories this time, ran jacks into queens and that was that. C'est la vie. I'll try again next year (and the one after that, and the one after that). Players are on their dinner break right now. The room is filled with dealers staring absently at the cards in front of them. Some are shuffling the cut cards, others are having conversation with dealers around them. That's got to be the most boring part of the job for a dealer, the 90 minute dinner break, but for the integrity of the game and to make sure nothing happens it's an absolute requirement.

9:25 p.m.

Sometimes it's hard to find a story to talk about. I walked around for the better part of an hour and about all I could find was a bad beat story. On a board of A-8-7-2, all the chips went in. Player #1, a youngish guy who had a pretty girlfriend on the rail watching him, had pocket 8's. The 2nd player, a guy in his 30's or 40's, chomping on a cigar, turned over his cards and said, “I guess it's time to go play some black jack.” He had J-10 off suit.

The pot was at least 50K so it wasn't like the 2nd guy was a short stack going into the hand. The river was a 9 and Player #1 stared at the cards, not believing what card had just come.

“Unbelievable,” he muttered, and nearly flung out the chips he had to ship to the other end of the table.

Player #2 didn't say much. I think he knew better. The very next hand, Player #1 moved all in first to act for his last 2,900 (with the blinds at 150/300, he could have waited but he was obviously tilting) with K-9 off and was called by the small blind who had A-Q. He didn't improve and he was done. He walked over to his girlfriend who tried to give him a consoling hug, but he wanted no part of it. He hurried under the rail and rushed out of the room, his girlfriend trying desperately to catch up to him.

About the only other thing worth talking about was Phil Hellmuth walking around the tables and seeing how many people he could annoy. Why does Hellmuth get carte blanche access inside the ropes when any other player would be told that they had to leave? Oh that's right, he's God. Never mind.

A guy just walked out the door and said out loud, “Fu** my life.” I'm going to go out on a limb and guess he's out.

11:15 p.m.

I was walking through the Blue section when I saw Lee Childs standing up with all his chips in the middle. A player one to his left made the call and the hands were turned over. A-Q for Childs and A-J for his opponent. “Hold up baby,” Childs said.

It did and Childs doubled up to about 30K. As he was stacking up his chips, his hands were shaking and he had a hard time putting some of them into a stack. The release of tension after winning a big pot. Childs was pumped and told me I had to stand there the rest of the night since I brought him good luck, but I'm sure he'll be fine without me.

Bryan Devonshire had gotten off to a great start but was eliminated recently in a heart breaker of a hand. On a flop of 10-8-6 with two spades, Devo led out and was raised by Arnaud Mattern. Devo re-raised and Mattern moved all in. Devo called. Both players turned over 9-7 but Mattern had 9-7 of spades and was freerolling to a flush. The flush came and Mattern raked in a monster pot of nearly 150K and Devo had to go home to vomit. Tough break.

12:10 a.m.

They have 30 minutes left to play today and 1,098 players are playing. There is an interesting contrast in demeanors for players who have large stacks and those that don't. The ones that are short keep looking at their chips and recounting them. They look at their cards in disgust when it isn't the magical hand that they need and flip their cards into the middle with a little more vigor than the usual player. Their time is short and they know if they don't get a hand soon, it will all be over. Panic is creeping in.

The big stacks are the complete opposite. They are leaning back in their chair, relaxed, and often they are texting someone to brag about how well they are doing. When they look at their cards and it doesn't meet their satisfaction, their fold is casual and aloof. They don't care that they didn't get a good hand. They look at the tournament clock and can't wait for the day to end, so they can go have dreams of winning the Main Event. A dream that is very much possible at the present time.

According to PokerNews the chip leader for the day is Henning Granstad who has 225,000. David Singer is continuing his excellent WSOP as he has 120K. Other pro's having a good day include Brad Booth, Evelyn Ng, and Jeff Madsen. That's going to be it for me today, I'll be back tomorrow with day 1D action.

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