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Matusow Running Hot - Day 32 WSOP Recap
It’s hard to believe, but 32 days have ticked off the calendar since the start of the 2010 WSOP.
Day 32 was a showcase for poker's elite, as Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions played out on the WSOP feature table stage.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow had perhaps his best day of the 2010 WSOP, emerging as the TOC chip leader and also running to a great start in $5k PLO.
Norway's Sigurd Eskeland also picked up his first bracelet in the $2.5k Mixed Event.
Here's a look around Day 32:
WSOP Tournament of Champions 2010
Day 2 was very much like Day 1 in the 2010 Tournament of Champions, with just five players hitting the rail for the second straight day.
The pace of the TOC has been slower than expected through the first eight levels, as 17 of the original 27 players still remain.
The event was supposed to play down to the final nine Monday, with the final table played at 1 p.m. July 4.
The WSOP is now discussing two alternate scenarios, with one having players come back at 7 p.m. July 3, and the other option having players come back at 10 a.m. July 4 for an early-morning start.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow came out of Day 2 as the chip leader, with Huck Seed, Johnny Chan and Scotty Nguyen right behind.
The WSOP will determine which scenario will play out for the TOC based on entrants' commitments to other bracelet events on July 3, so stay tuned.
Event 47 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
3,128 players came out for Day 1 of this event, and it was 476 returning for Day 2 with an eye on the $485,791 first prize.
Antonio Esfandiari created a mini-spectacle in the Amazon Room, as the headband-clad Victory Poker spokesman ran back and forth multi-tabling this event and the Tournament of Champions.
Esfandiari didn't survive the day in this event, but made the payout structure, finishing 73rd.
Scott Montgomery went on a big heater on Day 2 and comes back amongst the chip leaders when play resumes at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Event 48 - $2.5k Mixed Event
The day's only bracelet was awarded in this event, as Norwegian Sigurd Eskeland emerged from the field of 453 players to take the championship and $260,497.
Todd Brunson came up just short of a final table bid, finishing 11th for $18,045, while Alex Kravchenko came up right behind at 11th and Dario Minieri finished 14th.
Kirk Morrison and Vitaly Lunkin also posted cash finished, as did Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who added to his Player of the Year total.
Event 49 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
The large turnout pushed the first-place prize in this event to $609,493, as 2,543 players entered the latest $1.5k No-Limit event on Day 1.
David Pham and JP Kelley were amongst the chip leaders as the first day came to end, with 315 players advancing to Day 2, which commences at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Andy Bloch and Liv Boeree are also amongst the notables coming back for Day 2.
Event 50 - $5k Pot-Limit Omaha
The TOC might have been the biggest spectacle of the day, but this event was packed with poker superstars on Day 1.
Jeff Lisandro, Ted Forrest, Carlos Mortensen, Annette Obrestad and Annie Duke were just a few of the names that signed up, with 460 players in the field overall.
2009 November Niner Kevin Schaffel had a huge first day, and comes back as one of the chip leaders with 178,900 when Day 2 kicks off at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Just under 200 players made it to Day 2 and Dan Shak and Annette Obrestad are also amongst the chip leaders.
For a more in-depth look at how the day played out, along with news, blogs and videos, visit PokerListings' WSOP 2010 section.
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