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2010 WSOP Reflection Part 11 – The tournament takes shape in Day 5

August 31st, 2010 No comments
Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond survived the lights and the camera's at ESPN's Featured Table to advance to day 6

8 days into the Main Event, you began to see the tournament really take shape.  On day 5, players had logged 33 hours of play into this event, and were guaranteed a payday of at least $24,079.  But the attraction now of the 574 remaining players was clear: How do I now make the November 9? 

The man that stood the best chance was the one with the most chips, and that honor belonged to the smoothly dressed Tony Dunst.  Nicknamed “Bond” because he’d wear a suit and tie to the office (aka the Amazon Room) and put his skills to work at the table, properly stacking chips en route to a $1.5 million chip count. Read more…

A family vacation for the ages

August 24th, 2010 1 comment
The Grand Canyon

A view from the Grand Canyon rim

Yesterday, I had one of those moments as a parent where I felt that I’d succeeded. They happen every once and again, but this one really seemed to eclipse other memories that I had as a father. It was a perfect day, in practically every aspect, and I couldn’t be more thankful than I am right now.

I haven’t had the opportunity to blog much of late. It seems as though every day has just been go-go-go until I crash. I miss getting over here to post updates about life, and I’d like to make a more concerted effort to do so. I laughed when I saw that the Day 2 coverage of the WSOP Main Event coverage was beginning tonight on ESPN Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 10 – The Money Bubble

August 8th, 2010 1 comment
Annie Duke

Annie Duke battled well, but finished the day just short of the money, running 7-7 into J-J

I didn’t expect my reflection to take 10 posts to get to the money bubble.  I didn’t expect to make a total of 10 posts on this series either.  But as I began writing, the posts grew longer and I knew that it was something that needed to be handled this way to best recapture the experience.  I’d also hoped to recapture the entire WSOP prior to ESPN’s airing of the Main Event, but that just didn’t happen.  Life has a way of just getting in the way of blogging sometimes.  But in this post, I want to talk about the day with the greatest number of smiles.  The day where the players made the money.

Day 4 began with just 1,203 players, and 747 of them would end the day on a high note. World Series of Poker Circuit Champion Dywte Pilgrim got things going by talking about the recent changes to the Circuit events, and then by announcing the words “shuffle up and deal.”  Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflect Part 9 – The real day of survival

August 6th, 2010 No comments
Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier survived the carnage of day 3 at the ESPN Secondary Featured table

After a one day layoff, the Main Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker was back in action with a different feel.  On day 3, the remaining 2,557 who still had chips all resumed play on day 3, marking the first time in the event that all the players were in action on the same day.  What this meant for the Pavillion room was that just about every table was in action.  That wouldn’t last very long.

By the math, 1,203 players would survive the day, marking yet another day in which the gigantic field was trimmed down by about half.  At this rate, the words “SEAT OPEN ON TABLE ____” were heard an average of every 21 seconds. Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event Reflection Part 8 – The biggest mistake of the tournament

August 5th, 2010 1 comment
Prahlad Friedman

Prahlad Friedman is involved in controversy at the WSOP....again.

In what will likely go down as the most talked about hand of the early stages of the event, controversy surrounds it.  It almost never fails that controversy surrounds the World Series of Poker in one way or another.  The year that Jamie Gold won the event, there was the “how did he get more chips than he bagged” controversy, that really went without explanation.  For those that remember it, $2.41 million chips mysteriously appeared prior to the final table.  Erik Friberg and Richard Lee saw their stacks increase in size despite playing a hand at the table.  It was one of those things that nobody every really chatted about or discussed very long, because everyone was focused on the bracelet, and the fact that Allen Cunningham had a shot at winning the event.    

What I find really bizarre about this incident it that it got much less publicity than did “Ante-Gate” which involved 2003 Bracelet Winner, Prahlad Friedman.  Read more…

2010 WSOP Main Event – Reflection Part 7 (The Lee Childs Venetian Deepstacks story)

August 1st, 2010 No comments

After the WSOP Media event on the only down day of the WSOP, I headed back to the house I was staying at with Bob and Nicole and had some dinner.  They’d just returned from their 5 day trip to San Francisco, and it was the first time that I’d seen them despite having stayed at their house for the duration of my stay.

The WSOP makes you take very bizarre and long hours.  I was generally in the media center at the Rio by 10am, which meant waking at around 9am to shower, shave, and get ready.  Then I drove 20 minutes to the strip each day.  Play would begin at noon, and not end until near midnight.  From then, it was writing an article for anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour, and then home again.  Lather, rinse, and repeat. But on the down day, I was able to get in by 5pm, and finally spend some time with my friends and their new 10 month old.  It was good to see my buddies and I’m glad that I had the opportunity. Read more…