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Matusow Tops TOC on Day 2
Mike Matusow, Huck Seed, Johnny Chan are among the chip leaders after another short day of the Tournament of Champions.
The world-class field of poker's finest were back to the Amazon Room stage for Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions, and it appeared that no one wanted to hit the rail early.
There were only 10 eliminations through Level 8, and with 17 players still remaining WSOP directors came up with an alternate plan to finish the event.
"You've seen nobody has dropped in the last two hours, everyone's a great player," said Chan, who is in third place with 68,600 chips.
"There aren't going to be any suckers dumping off chips. You have to earn them."
The TOC was originally scheduled to play down to the final table Monday, with the final nine players coming back July 4 at 1 p.m.
Because there are still 17 players remaining the WSOP is in discussions to add an extra day on July 3 starting at 7 p.m. If any of the TOC players are still in the $25k 6-Handed event, however, that plan would be scuttled and players would have to come in early on July 4 to play from 17 to a winner.
With the starting chip stacks at 30k and world-class players, the event is playing out slower than the WSOP anticipated.
Only five more players hit the rail Monday, including Andrew Barton, the UK qualifier who won his way into the TOC in a WSOP.com online satellite.
Barton was the only unknown in the field, as the day's other eliminations included Doyle Brunson, Mike Sexton, Joe Cada and Dan Harrington.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow emerged from Day 2 as the chip leader with 85k, while Huck Seed, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel, Joe Hachem and Allen Cunningham all ended the day with more than 50k.
The scene around the WSOP feature table stage was hectic, with both tables loaded with players voted by the fans.
Chan said he's fine with the fan-voting process, as it allowed him to play the TOC.
"Of course you're playing against the best of the best," Chan said.
"That's the main difference between a normal tournament and the Tournament of Champions. You have to beat the best. Every one of the 27 players is a great tournament player."
Spectators in the Amazon Room were smitten with the TOC, as the feature table stage was packed with fans all around both tables.
With the fans and media swarming the remaining TOC players at the end of Day 2, Cunningham kept things in perspective.
"They're good players. I don't have any thoughts on any particular field. It's poker," said Cunningham.
"I play against all different kinds of players. It's nice they're putting up a million bucks for me to win though."