The above photo shows Scotty Nguyen cracking up at fellow poker pro Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth.
Nguyen is laughing because Hellmuth, who was severely short-stacked entering Day 2a, made one crucial mistake today.
He forgot to show up.
According to his Twitter, Hellmuth thought he was playing on Tuesday and had his phone off and a “Do Not Disturb” on his hotel door.
Eventually close friend Mike Matusow called security and made them run into the room and wake him up.
Hellmuth related what happened text via Twitter:
Security broke into my room, I'm like, "What's going on?!?" SGuard says, "You're playing in the World Series of Poker today."
Hellmuth burned rubber and made it to the Rio nearly two hours late and his stack had been blinded down to 7,000 chips.
Nguyen had a good laugh but Hellmuth quickly went to work.
At the dinner break he had 12,000 chips while Nguyen had hit the rail. He will still need a huge run if he hopes to see the light of Day 3.
If he does make it to Day 3, let's hope he sets a couple of alarms.