The good was really all about T.J. Cloutier's number. "This is because they want me on TV," said Hellmuth, showing us all his powers of perception go way beyond the felt.
Event 29 was supposed to be a two-day event and even though there were 341 entrants on Day 1, they pushed on into the night and throughout the morning to get to a winner. By 2:30 a.m. the smart money was on the sun rising before a Razz champion was crowned. But they got it down to the final eight by 3 a.m. and a majority vote sent the action forward to Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Considering a previous event ruling stating they play until it's a unanimous decision to break, it's hats off to Harrah's on this one. Still, the decision to make this one a two-day event in the first place keeps it in the questionable category. By the way, "Eskimo" Clark remains in the hunt.
The other action on Day 18 included kicking off Event 30 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em with 847 players. They managed to get it down to 42 for Day 2, but unfortunately, Vinny Vinh was one of them. The TD asked Vinny to remove his iPod once they got under 15 tables, and word is he's somewhere in Vegas right now and still hasn't put a stop to his whining about it.
Vinh spent the entire night arguing with the dealers, WSOP staff and other players around him every chance he had about anything he could think of at the time. Players from other tables even got up to ask him to shut up, but nothing worked. Many felt the best decision might be to give Vinh an exception to the no electronic devices under 15 tables rule and give him his iPod back.
At one point he picked up a hand and was screaming "Shoot it up," grabbing his arm, making a needle like motion and pumping chips into the pot. Could this be some insight into the Vinny Vinh lifestyle and the reason he had the chip lead at the end of Day 1 of an earlier event at the 2007 WSOP, but failed to show for Day 2?
Hoyt Corkins ended the night as the chip leader and everyone else heads into Day 2 hoping Vinh pulls the vanishing act again.
You know PokerListings.com would never pull anything like that on you, our valued readers. We'll see you bright and early for Day 19 and all the punishing poker action it promises. Until then, stay healthy.