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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2009 | The Works

Main Event, Day 7 – It's Going To Be A Very Long Day 8

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When I first hit the Rio in the morning, I run into Tom Schneider and his wife Julie. I get Tom to rub my bald head for good luck and talk to Julie. She seems in great spirits and is looking forward to the day. Tom wins a big pot early and that enthusiasm continues. I go back there shortly before the break, however, and the body language has changed. Julie's slumping a little bit and the smile and twinkle in her eye have vanished. “How's he doing?” I ask.

“Not good,” she says and tells me he's not feeling well. I look over at Tom and it looks as if he just doesn't want to be there any longer. I'm sad, but not surprised, when a while later I hear that he has been eliminated. I go out to find them near the payout room and while Tom is obviously disappointed, he's a pro and he realizes these are the ups and downs that come with tournament poker.

One of the bigger story lines thus far had been the run Dennis Phillips was having. Early in the day, Phillips got extremely lucky when he moved all in with pocket queens on an A-x-x all spade flop. His opponent went into the tank for two minutes and finally called with pocket aces. Dennis's eyes popped out of his head almost when he saw his opponent’s hand. “It took you that long to call with that?” he smiles.

Dennis had a spade though and when it came on the river, he shook his head in disbelief as his rail went wild. “I got lucky,” Dennis said. Could Phillips make it to another final table? Unfortunately, luck would strike back at Dennis when he got it all in later with A-K suited against another A-K suited that would hit a flush. A great finish by Phillips was given a warm round of applause by the entire room.

The poker agents are out in full force. Near every table, you can see three to four of them scoping out the players and looking for any one not wearing a patch. Some agents have seating charts and are pointing at particular players. As soon as a break comes, it's a mad dash to see who can get to them first. It really does remind me of vultures circling overhead.

The chip leader, Darvin Moon , isn't a very talkative guy and some members of the media are secretly rooting for his demise because they don't think he'd be good for poker because he just doesn't make for a good interview. Me, personally, I think it'd be an interesting story. Here is a guy whose main poker playing experiences come from his local American Legion. He won his seat by entering a satellite at a nearby casino and had never even been on a plane before his trip to Vegas. Who says you have to be a talkative guy to have a good story? This guy plays small buy in tournaments at an American Legion for crying out loud, how much better can it get? Talk about the American Dream.

The big story at the end of the day was how fast the players were dropping out. Since Day 1, they have been getting eliminated at an unprecedented rate. This creates a problem for the tournament directors and for ESPN. The problem for the tournament directors is it will make for a very long day 8, because the average stack in relation to the blinds is huge. With the dinner break approaching, there were 29 players left and the tournament officials were discussing playing down even further than 27 because of how close they were to already hitting that number. ESPN wasn't in the same ball park, however, as they have an entire show to film tomorrow and reducing the numbers to less than 27 might cause them problems.

The two sides debated it for a while and finally they held an impromptu meeting in a back hallway with the two senior ESPN producers, Jack Effel, Seth Palansky, and Jeffrey Pollack. They came out after about 15 minutes of discussion and the decision had been made. To no one's surprise, ESPN won out and they would be stopping play at 27. Phil Ivey comes back from dinner break and asks if they are really stopping at 27. When he's told yes, he asks why? One of the tournament directors tells him, and I think Ivey realizes that a very long day 8 might actually work to his favor because he's accustomed to marathon live poker sessions. He smiles and says, “That's ok with me” as he walks to his table.

Some other interesting observations from around the floor today:

Jeff Shulman had a massive stack of orange $5,000 chips. He was in the one seat and this stack made it very difficult for the dealer to deal. I asked why he hadn't been colored up and was told that he didn't want to. I guess he has a big stack envy issues.

One of the ESPN camera men that I've known for a while was telling me he thinks the Hevad Khan rule is bad for poker. “It's too quiet,” he says. “No one is having fun any more... it's too serious.” I have to say I agree with them. I think they need to revisit that rule and lighten it up a little bit.

A player goes all in with A-Q against kings, sucks out and hits an ace, and wins a massive ten million chip pot. His buddy on the rail says, “Yea buddy! You f***ed up but you won, baby.” At least his buddy is honest.

It's going to be a long, long day 8. Members of the media are preparing for a 6 a.m. or later end time. No limit's a crazy game though... we could be done by midnight. Regardless it's the last day of the summer for all of us, so we have plenty of time to rest. Back with all the action tomorrow. Until then...

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