After Day 2 it appears the lack of online poker rooms is not much of a detractor to the players. Nearly 3,000 people lined up to play in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament that started today. The halls at the Rio were reminiscent of the Main Event last year. Impressive considering we're just getting started. There were so many entrants the tournament started an hour late.
Players got their first taste of the "Poker Pavilion," which is a tent set up outside where the poker kitchen used to be located. Reactions were mixed as the heat and body odor proved to be a factor. Those are the risks, though, when you host a poker tournament outside in Las Vegas in June.
Hellmuth didn't make it far in the tournament and was cursed with a fairly bad beat having his KK beat by JJ. It wasn't the traditional Hellmuth exit as he just grumbled a bit and left. Negreanu was running his own show outside in the Poker Pavilion jokingly rapping while taking people's money. "Kid Poker" spent much of the day with a giant chip stack but he would eventually fall to Eugene Todd who outraced Negreanu with a straight.
Towards the end of the day Alex "The Fro" Jacob's masterful play saw him rise to the top of the pack. He ended the day as chip leader with $191,000.
Amazingly, players made it to the money tonight and the event finished with 270 players remaining. For those keeping track at home, that's over 2,728 eliminations in one day. Play continues tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Not to be forgotten, the World Championship Mixed Limit/No-Limit Hold'em event continued today. Greg "FBT" Mueller continued his dominance for most of the day while the field was slimmed down to a final table of nine. Tons of big names busted from the tournament including Bill Chen, Cyndy Violette, Erik Seidel and one of the chip leaders from yesterday, Sabyl Cohen.
Johnny Chan's dream of an 11th bracelet won't be coming true tomorrow either as he was sent to the rail when his A-J was beaten by an opponent's cowboys. Chan had to settle for a mere $13,778.
Todd Brunson also caught a bad beat when his pocket aces were cracked and he was sent to the rail in 40th place.
There were some interesting antics when Mueller's close friend Shawn Buchanon won the WPT event at the Mandalay Bay in the evening. During a dinner break Mueller went to the Bay to congratulate Buchanon on his win and in return Buchanon stopped by the Amazon room to give "FBT" some tips. Mueller joked, "Do you want to play for me?"
Tomorrows TV final table should prove to be an interesting one with names like Kirk Morrisson, Jon Turner, Fred Berger and Mueller among the final nine. Berger goes into the final day of the event with a chip lead of $942,000.
Last but not least, Event 2, the Casino Employees' Tournament, rolled on today. As of 4 a.m. (the current time), they are still trying to not only get to a final table but finish the whole thing. Good luck to them.
Looking ahead to Day 3 things will not be slowing down. Two more events start tomorrow (today) including Event 4, $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, and Event 5, $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Eight-or-Better. Event 1 will wrap up while Event 3 will continue until the final table is determined.
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