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06/29/2010 (5 years ago)

2010 TOC – Day 2 Complete, Matusow Leads

Mike Matusow
Mike Matusow is leading the 2010 TOC.

After one last relatively uneventful level of play we've reached the end of another day of the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions.

It's the second straight day we've done a four-hour day and because of the super short days there are still 17 players when there should be a final table of nine.

Tournament organizers are talking with players now about rescheduling. The problem is that most of the players want to play as many bracelet events as they can so fitting the TOC in is proving difficult.

As it currently stands the rough plan is to have players meet at 7 p.m. on July 3 and play down to a final table of nine and then the final table will play out as originally planned on July 4.

That plan could change, however, if anyone in the TOC manages to make it deep in the $25k 6-Max event, in which case all 17 players meet at 9 a.m. on July 4 and play down to a winner.

Day 2 saw Doyle Brunson, Joe Cada, WSOP.com qualifier Andrew Barton, Mike Sexton and Dan Harrington all hit the rail.

Mike Matusow is your end of day chip leader, although Huck Seed, Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen and Joe Hachem are also in the top five.

Be sure to join us early on July 3 as we see how this one plays out.

Here's a look at some of the action leading to the end of the day:

Kid Poker Finds Double Up in Jesus

Daniel Negreanu has been up and down in this tournament but he's finished on a strong note.

Negreanu bet 2,200 and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson called from the big blind. The flop came A T 6 and Ferguson checked but Negreanu shoved for 18,000. Ferguson called and the cards were on their backs:

Negreanu: 6 6

Ferguson: A 8

The board finished with the 2 and then the 4 to secure Negreanu a double up to 41,700 chips.

Hellmuth Rakes Pot from Seed

Phil Hellmuth bet 2,200 and Huck Seed called from the button.

The flop came A 7 2 and both players checked. The turn came 9 and Hellmuth threw 3,000 chips into the pot. Seed wasn't giving up yet and responded by pushing 10,000 into the middle.

Hellmuth didn't hesitate to move all-in for his last 26,000 and this sent Seed into the tank.

After thinking for a minute, Seed didn't like his chances and folded.

After the hand Hellmuth was up to 40,000 chips.

From the Felt

"You can't take chips from the Aussie!"

-Random Joe Hachem fan to Antonio Esfandiari

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06/29/2010 (5 years ago)

2010 TOC – No More Action for Harrington

Dan Harrington
You have aces???

Dan Harrington hasn't been the most prevalent player at the 2010 WSOP but he will definitely make the trip when a $1 million freeroll opportunity comes calling.

Unfortunately for Harrington his experience in the 2010 Tournament of Champions has come to an end as he busted in the last level.

Huck Seed continues to crush and with 84,000 chips he could be the first player to pass the 100,000 chip mark.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Jennifer Harman and Daniel Negreanu have sunk to the bottom of the stacks.

Dan Canned

Mike "The Mouth" Matusow bet 2,400, Negreanu smooth-called and Dan Harrington moved all-in for 17,000 from the small blind.

Matusow folded and Negreanu called and immediately flipped over A A which had Harrington's Q J crushed.

The board ran out 7 6 5 8 7 and aces held up just fine this time around. Harrington and his green Red Sox hat are headed for the exit.

Hellmuth Doubles Lederer

Team Full Tilt Pro Howard Lederer just managed an all-important double up against Phil Hellmuth.

Hellmuth opened for 1,600 from early position and Lederer called from the big blind.

The flop came J T 8 and both players checked. The 2, however, inspired Lederer to bet, Hellmuth to raise and Lederer to finally shove.

Hellmuth called and tabled 2 2 for bottom set. The Professor had him beat with A 4 for a flush of the nutty variety.

Hellmuth was left praying for the board to pair but instead it finished with the A and Lederer lives to see another day.

Multi-Tabling Master

Antonio Esfandiari is thrilling railbirds by running back and forth between the Tournament of Champions and Day 2 of the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.

"God, just let me win both tournaments to really let me stick it to them," said Esfandiari on a break from running between tournaments.

A few minutes ago Esfandiari just about gave Johnny Chan a heart attack when he leapt back into his TOC seat creating a loud thud.

Chan is the only player wearing headphones at the final table and he apparently didn't hear Esfandiari coming.

"Uh!" grunted the started Chan.

Esfandiari apologized briefly but Chan proceeded to just stare at Esfandiari for a few minutes as if to say, "Kids these days."

Perhaps Chan is just jealous that Esfandiari is deep in two events.

From the Felt

"It's like a circus in here, baby."

-Johnny Chan

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Blinds: 500/1,000 Ante: 100

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06/28/2010 (5 years ago)

2010 TOC – Sexton Sunk

Mike Sexton
Ambassador ambushed!

It's the older players who seem to be hitting the rail frequently today as experienced poker veteran Mike Sexton just hit the rail.

On the other hand Huck Seed has built a chip stack that almost competes with his stature (not really) with 94,000.

That looks to be good for the chip lead while Jennifer Harman, Dan Harrington and Howard Lederer round out the bottom three stacks.

Here's the latest from the floor:

The King is Dead, Long Live the Prince

The defending Tournament of Champions winner Mike Sexton has been eliminated.

Scotty Nguyen bet 2,500, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow raised to 6,600 and Sexton moved the last of his chips in for 12,300.

Nguyen called and Matusow folded. Sexton couldn't have felt great about the Nguyen call as the Prince of Poke is known for his tight-style.

The players revealed:

Sexton: A K

Nguyen: K K

The board rolled out 6 5 4 7 Q and Sexton was eliminated. We're down to two tables in the Tournament of Champions.

The Two Tables

Here's how the seating assignment stack up for the final two tables:

ESPN Featured Table

Chris Ferguson
Mike Matusow
Daniel Negreanu
Howard Lederer
Phil Hellmuth
Dan Harrington
Huck Seed
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
T.J. Cloutier

Secondary Featured Table

Scotty Nguyen
Barry Greenstein
Antonio Esfandiari
Johnny Chan
Annie Duke
Joe Hachem
Jennifer Harman
Erik Seidel
Allen Cunningham

The World Series of Spelling

Antonion Esfandiari just challenged Scotty Nguyen to a spelling contest after Nguyen picked up a pot off Allen Cunningham.

"I bet you can't even spell Allen's name," said Esfandiari. "I'll give you a $100 freeroll if you can spell it right now."

Nguyen seemed to be game and started spelling it out.

"A-L-L-E-N," he started. "C-U-N-I-N-G..."

"Yes!" said Esfandiari. "I win!"

Nguyen just looked confused at this point.

"It's spelled with two "N"s," clarified Annie Duke.

"It's not often I give out freerolls," said Esfandiari. "You're lucky."

"I'll give you 20-1 that I can't spell your name," quipped Nguyen.

"I'm not going to take that bet," replied Esfandiari.

Not Now, Please

Scotty Nguyen just tried to get the crowd on Joe Hachem's side by shouting, "Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie" at them.

"Don't start," joked Hachem as he silenced the Australian fans.

The chant was used extensively when Hachem won his Main Event title in 2005 but perhaps the former World Champion has grown tired of it.

Level 17

Blinds: 400/800 Ante: 100

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06/28/2010 (5 years ago)

2010 TOC – Brunson Goes Home Early

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson rides off into the sunset.

Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth may have outranked him popularity but in many poker fan's hearts, Doyle Brunson is #1.

Unfortunately for them, the Texas Dolly has found his way to the rail in the early stages of Day 2.

Meanwhile Brunson's old pal Johnny Chan has emerged as the chip leader with 68,000 as Erik Seidel as had a slow start.

Annie Duke, Mike Sexton and Jennifer Harman are still extremely short-stacked and looking for double-up.

Here's a look at the action from the first level:

Dolly's Folly

Doyle Brunson came into Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions as one of the short stacks and didn't waste any time getting all his chips in the middle.

Daniel Negreanu was the one to put him all-in and Brunson called with J T. Negreanu had him beat with A K but Brunson was still live.

The board came 8 4 2 7 T and although Brunson made a pair on the river Negreanu took the pot with a rivered flush.

Cada Gets Hucked

Sometimes it doesn't pay to be the champion.

2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada just found that out after a rough hand against Huck Seed.

Seed opened for 1,000, Cada made it 2,850 and Seed put 20,000 into the pot.

Cada, having only 14,000 left, thought for a minute but then tabled J J. Seed had him crushed with K K.

The board came Q 7 7 9 8 and that was enough to eliminate Cada. Seed moved up to 65,000 chips.

Qualifier Goes Home

Englishman Andrew Barton must have felt all alone in the 2010 Tournament of Champions as he was the only player who qualified online and the only player that wasn't a bona fide poker super star.

At any rate Barton has finally been eliminated.

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson bet 1,000 from UTG and Barton raised to 3,500 from the cutoff. Ferguson made the call and the flop came J 7 5.

Ferguson checked but Barton bet 3,000. Ferguson immediately put 18,000 into the pot and Barton opted to call for his tournament life.

Bad move.

Ferguson flipped 7 7 for a flopped set of sevens which had Barton's A A crushed.

The board finished with the 3 and then the 5 to eliminate Barton.

On the bright side Barton did outlast savvy veterans such as Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson and Greg Raymer.

From the Felt

"Your brother is very good at folding."

-Joe Hachem joking with Antonio Esfandiari's brother.

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06/28/2010 (5 years ago)

2010 TOC – Day 2 Coming ‘atcha!

Erik Seidel
They are all playing Seidel's game now.

Welcome to PokerListings' coverage of the second day of perhaps the most elite tournament at this year's WSOP - the 2010 Tournament of Champions.

Yesterday Phil Ivey, Greg Raymer, Sammy Farha, John Juanda and Barry Shulman all fell to the rail while Erik Seidel asserted himself as the man to beat out of the 22 remaining players.

The goal today is to play another four levels. The tournament clock will then be paused and action will not resume until July 4, when the Champion of Champions will be crowned.

The tournament director just announced the shuffle up and deal so hold on to your seat because this could be a wild one.

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Event Information

Event Name
2010 Tournament of Champions
Rio, Las Vegas
Final Day
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Prize Pool
First Prize

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Huck Seed $500,000
2 Howard Lederer $250,000
3 Johnny Chan $100,000
4 Joe Hachem $25,000
5 Barry Greenstein $25,000

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