Occupying every square inch of the tournament area as well as many a table in the Bellagio's main poker room, Day 2 of this event was frenetic from start to finish. Not even the deep stacks and relatively low blinds could prevent players from putting all their chips at risk repeatedly with many eventually paying the ultimate price.
A few of the biggest names in poker got the axe early in the day, a combination of short stacks and unfavorable situations being the culprit. Michael Gracz, Mark Newhouse, Steve Sung, Steve Wong. Steve took second at this year's WPT Festa al Lago here at the Bellagio as well as winning a $5,000 preliminary event. Check out this interview I did with him then.
Paul Wasicka, arguably one of the best young players on the circuit today, is also hovering around the top of the heap with close to $425,000. Paul played his trademark airtight game all day and stacked up chips by making big calls and great reads. I spoke to Paul last night and he had some interesting things to say about this tournament and where he's at in his career. You can take a peek at that here.
Thanks to the ever so civilized five-level-a-day structure that the Bellagio has adopted for this event, players and media alike have been able to stay well rested for the melee that is sure to ensue at the onset of each day.
Day 2 was a bloodbath with more casualties than anyone was able to predict. I guess even with a $50k starting stack and relatively docile blind structure, players just can't resist the urge to put their chips at risk.
Tomorrow is sure to bring more of the same as the best in the world battle it out for the money and the prestige that comes with winning the World Poker Tour Championship. We'll be there, syrup sippin' and collar poppin' with the best in the business, and so should you. If for some reason you can't make it to the Bellagio simply tune in to PokerListings.com for all your vicarious poker thrills.