Once again, the tournament began at 3:30 p.m., giving rounders and media alike the chance to relax, enjoy a slightly overcast California day, or simply sleep in until the last possible minute and rush over to the Commerce Casino in a daze.
The incredibly late start time contributed greatly to the surreal atmosphere inside the Crown Ballroom, as did the fact that tournament organizers had decided to cease play on Day 1 at a certain hour, rather than at the end of a level. Consequently, on Day 2 players found themselves beginning in the middle of a level and being forced to skip the first logical level break, as it was deemed inappropriate to break after only 45 minutes of play.
Michael Binger found himself in a hand with Jason Strasser and two other players. Binger, with aces, and Strasser, with queens, soon kicked off a bidding war that saw their opponents quickly get out of the way, and it wasn't long before all of the money was in pre-flop, with Binger looking to be in great shape to double through Strasser and cripple the young pro.
Instead, the door card was the Q♥, and Binger was soon sent packing, looking downright vitriolic as he headed to the rail. It was the first time anyone we've talked to had ever seen the Bing-Banger so mad, but with a cooler beat like that, who can blame him?
Anyway, 153 players have survived to see tomorrow. With 54 players being paid, we might find ourselves in the money by the end of the night, although with four days left to play, there is certainly no need to rush things.
Chip leader at the end of the day is J.C. Tran, followed by BodogAri and Joseph Tehan. Will these men be able to capitalize on the inroads they've made so far? Or are there Sebok-esque meltdowns in their future? Tune into PokerListings.com at 3:30 p.m. (PST) tomorrow afternoon to find out.