Monday, July 31, 2006

WSOP Main Event Day 1D

I'm back at the Rio after a couple hours of sleep to cover the final flight of Day 1. There have been rumors that there will be a Day 1E for a fifth day of first round action. This is just a rumor and the few suits I asked looked at me like, "Lay off the crack pipe, kid!"

Then again this is the same corporation that stiffs their dealers and provides shotty security service in the parking lots, so I don't take anything seriously at this point of the WSOP.

As of right now, almost 2,400 lucky fuckers survived the first three days of the WSOP main event. Toay, the last batch of brave fools are jumping into the mix for a shot at $10 million, fame, glory, and 17 virgins.

Here's the top 10 chipcounts from 1C:
1 Adam Jones 123K
2 William Thorson 115K
3 Brenden Lewis 112K
4 Dario Minieri 103K
5 Richard Gryko 100K
6 Per Sjogren 98K
6 Daniel Pelletier 98K
8 Bob Binsky 96.7K
9 Charlie Sewell 95.7K
10 Shannon Shorr 95K
10 Mike Petrillo 95K

Notable Stacks from Day 1C:
Greg Raymer $48K
Daniel Negreanu $85.8K
John Gale $39K
Tom McEvoy $39K
Daniel Larsson $31.7K
Josh Arieh $31.4K
Al Ardebili $29.2K
Melissa Hayden $28K
Playing today are... Joe Hachem, Isabelle Mercier, Chris Moneymaker, Lyle Berman, Barny Boatman,Joe Cassidy, Peter Costa, John D'Agastino, My Main Man Freddy Deeb, Quinn Do, Chris "Triple Draw" Fargis, Amnon Filipi, Scott Fischman, Ted "Suicide King" Forrest,Jean Gaspard, Alan Goehring, Mike Gracz, Harley Hall, Matt Hilger, Robert Nardi, Chip Reese, Frank Kassela, Michelle Lewis, Erick Lindgren, Marcel Luske, Eric Mizrachi, Cecila Mortensen, Donnacha O'Dea, Stuart "Donator" Paterson, Max Pescatori, Dean Cain, David Plastik, Allie Prescott, Blair Rodman, Matt Savage, Huck Seed, Erick Seidel, Sean Sheikhan, Rodeen Talebi, Robert Varkonyi, Ram Vaswami, Cyndy Violette, Celine Dion's husband, Vince Van Patten, Lennox Lewis, and Hank Azaria.

My buddy from NYC Adam Stormwind is playing along with bloggers Zeem and Lucko21 are also in today's field too.

Stop by PokerStars Blog and check out some of the cntent I've been providing for them particularly a piece called The Post-Modern American Dream: The WSOP. Also for the best 2006 WSOP photos, go ahead and check out Flipchip's hard work.

* * * * * Live Blogging Update * * * *

12:01pm... God himself Jeffrey Pollack introduced "Mosaic" who did an accapella rendition of "Proud to Be an American." They did a good job, but that was a travesty with an international field. I wonder how much they got paid to do that? It could have been used more wisely to provide better security in the parking lots.

12:05pm... Cards are in the air after TD Robert Daly uttered, "Shuffle up and deal!"

12:10pm... First player is out. Not a record. Yesterday the first player was out 3.5 minutes.

12:11pm... Joe Hachem is at the featured TV table.

12:40pm... WSOP Photo Dump: Spent the last twenty minutes snapping photos. Here's a quick dump. Click on the photos to see an enlarged view.

Tao of Poker's Pothead of the Day: Stormy




Michelle Lewis and Barny Boatman


Joe K.

Isabelle Mercier is fashionably late

12:45pm... Media Room Prop Bets: I entered a Hendon Mob Last Longer bet with two Brits. Jen from Blonde Poker has Barny Boatman. Mad from PokerStars Blog has Ram Vaswami. And I have Russ Boatman.

12:50pm... Recent Elimiantion: Sean Sheikhan is out.

1:15pm... 8,778 players entered the 2006 WSOP Championship event. That's several million dollars in dead money.

1:25pm... My buddy Jason from Full Tilt had his Aces cracked by 10-10. Shortstacked, he went all in on consecutive hands with junk and caught back-to-back straights with 10-8o and 7-5o. Moral of the Story: the best starting hand never wins. Jason is always wearing flipflops and a bathrobe today.

1:30pm... Bouncin Round the Media Room: It's feeding time at the Zoo. Harrah's tossed us a few stale sandwiches on the banquet table in the media room. The animals swarmed. Once word is out that there's free food, these cheap and hungry bastards peck at eat other and eat anything in site. Mad is a vegetarian and she asked for some sandwiches without meat products. I'm positive that Harrah's puts chemicals in the food that make you want to donk off chips at the craps table.

2:00pm... WSOP Photo Dump: Here are a few pics from today. Click on them to enlarge.

Jason in his bathrobe

Ace from Calagary Sports Radio

Hat of the Day

Stuart "Donator" Patterson

Isabelle's toes

Moneymaker's cardcapper and pic of his kid


2:15pm... Recent Elimination: Erik Seidel hits the rail. His A-A were cracked by the Hilton Sisters

2:30pm... Screwdriver time. Otis and designated 2:30pm as the time when we start drinking. I'm off to get some cocktails.

2:45pm... Ah, sweet liquor eases the pain.

3:00pm... Joe Hachem busted a guy at the feature table when his A-A held up against Q-Q.

3:15pm... Sleeping with Celine Dion gives you ESP. Rene Angelil folded K-K face up preflop to a huge raise. His opponent showed A-A.

3:30pm... The Post-Modern American Dream: The WSOP has been published over at PokerStars Blog. Take a peek.

3:45pm... Recent Eliminations: Lyle Berman is out. He flopped a straight but his opponent caught a flush on the turn.

4:00pm... Chipcounts: Here are some chipcounts for random folks I've been sweating:
Isabelle Mercier 9.1K
Joe Hachem 18.7K
Chris Fargis 12.2K
Zeem 7.5K
Stormy 11.5K
Lucko21 9.1K
Oliver Tse 18K
4:10pm... Lenox Lewis doubled up with Aces against Cecila Mortensen.

4:12pm... Recent Eliminations: Vince Van Patten is out. He'll be signing autographs at the Hooker Bar shortly. Jason Newitt is also out. He lost a last longer with Joe Sebok and looked pissed. Amnon Filippi is also gone.

4:15pm... According to Nolan Dalla, the number of players is 8,774 (give or take a a dozen or so). The top 873 players will get paid.

4:20pm... Smoke break with Change100.

5:00pm... Recent Elimination: Erick Lindgren busted out when his Jacks ran into A-A.

5:20pm... When I was sweating my buddy Stormy's table, I saw Robert Varkonyi rake a huge pot. He's got 32K.

5:40pm... Chipcounts: Joe K. missed a gutshot straight flush draw. He's got a little under $6K. Here are some chipcounts for random folks I've been sweating:
Glenn $5.6K
Zeem $4.5K
Joe K. $5.8
Isabelle Mercier $7.3K
Stormy $14.5K
Lucko21 $7.7
6:00pm... WSOP Photo Dump: Here are a few I took over the last hour or so.

Vintage Slim

Former Star Trek actor stealing water to feed his Black Tar habit

6:11pm... Recent Elimination: According to CJ reading Bloglines, he noticed that Chris Fargis is out.

6:40pm... Recent Eliminations: Max Pescatori, Sam Grizzle, and Lennox Lewis all hit the rail. Pescatori lost a race. Lennoz Lewis' A-10 ran into Celcia Mortensen's A-Q.

6:45pm... Players are on a dinner break. Time to head out to the Kikted Tilt with the gang for pints of Stella, which I'm told is called "wifebeater beer" in England.

8:00pm... Pimp my book! And if you don't know, DoubleAs finally released his book Pressure Poker.

8:30pm... WSOP Photo Dump: Click on the photos to see an enlarged view.

Lennox Lewis


Tao of Poker Blonde of the Day: Pokerwire Amanda

9:00pm... Recent Elimination: Dean Cain is out.

9:15pm... Chipcounts Updates: I walked by and saw that Glenn scooped a pot and that Joe K. doubled up. Zeem is on life support. Lucko21 went up to 25K and took a huge hit.
Zeem $2.2K
Stormy $22.3K
Lucko21 $5K
Isabelle Mercier 9.6K
Joe K. $12K
Glenn $9.5K
Joe Hachem $17.2K
9:45pm... Recent Elimination: Bill Edler is out.

10:15pm... Both Robert Varkonyi and Chris Moneymaker are looking strong. They both busted out on Day 1 the year after they won their championship, but are sitting with big stacks. Varkonyi is up to 40K, while Moneymaker has 30K.

10:45pm... Back by popular demand!
Last 5 Pros I Pissed Next To:
1. Humberto Brenes
2. Phil Gordon
3. Arnold Spee
4. Freddy Deeb
5. Keith Sexton
11:15pm... Chipcounts Updates: I couldn't find Lucko21 and I hope he is still in and only got moved. Zeem doubled up and Moneymaker took a hit when he ran into A-A with A-Q after he flopped a Queen.
Zeem $5.6K
Stormy $17K
Lucko21 ???
Isabelle Mercier $6.7K
Joe K. $11K
Glenn $8K
Joe Hachem $27K
11:25pm... Recent Elimination: $50K HORSE Champion Chip Reese is out.

11:45pm... Official numbers have been released! 8,773 players bought in which is an obvious record. According to BJ's math, "that should create a prizepool of $82,466,200." The top 873 players are going to get paid prize money.

12:01am... Recent Elimination: Chris Moneymaker and Hank Azaria are both out.

12:25am... Bloggers Update: Zeem was moved tables. He has 3.6K and is sitting at the same table as Marcel Luske and Robert Varkonyi. Both have massive stacks. Isabelle Mercier slipped to 4K. Stormy has 27.5K after he won a race with 8-8.

12:30am... Recent Elimination: Toto Leonidas and Scott Fischman are out.

12:40am... Recent Elimination: Zeem is out. He pushed with a draw and missed. So is Isabelle Mercier. She busted out by a three-outer.

12:50am... Recent Elimination: Johnny Chan is out.

1:00am... "The (poker) monkey is staying in my hotel," Michael Craig recanted to me in the media room.

3:00am... Recent Elimination: Victor Ramdin and Martin DeKniff are both out.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

WSOP Main Event Day 1C

We're back for flight 3 of Day 1. We're not even halfway through the field and I'm exhausted. About 1,750 players remain from the original 4,300 players who bought in for Day 1A and Day 1B.

Check out Flipchip's WSOP Day 1B photos. And stop by PokerStars Blog to check out coverage of PokerStars qualifers and players.

Eric Sonstegard ended Day 1B as the chipleader according to Poker Wire. Those numbers are unconfirmed and should be taken lightly. Here's the Top 10 chipcount from Day 1B according to Poker Wire:
1 Eric Sonstegard 83,000
2 Theo Tran 82,950
3 Al Barbieri 82,000
4 Allen Cunningham 81,000
5 Nicholas Montuori 80,000
6 Eric Peters 70,000
7 James Crowshaw 69,000
8 Eric Weiner 67,000
9 Ayaz Mahmood 64,000
10 Adam Sweet 63,000
Bloggers Ryan and Tuscaloosa Johnny survived Day 1B and have about 40K in chips a piece.

Several top names busted out on Day 1B including Doyle Brunson, Paul Darden, Phil Hellmuth, Shannon Elizabeth, Gavin Smith, Vanessa Rousso, Carmel Petresco, Greg "FBT" Mueller, Ron Jeremy, Johnny Bax, Howard Lederer, Joe Sebok, Patrik Antonius, Steve Diano, Mel Judah, Bard Garrett, David Singer, Eveyln Ng, Miami John Cernuto, and Barry Shulman.

Day 1C features Lynette Chan, John Gale, Steve Dannemann, Antonio Esfiandari, Mark Gergorich, Sweet Svetlana, Hasan Habib, Melissa Hayden, Dan Heimiller, Greg Raymer, Daniel Larsson, Nam Le, Tuan Le, Mike Matusow, Karin Jett, Minneapolis Jim Meehan, Neil Channing, Tony Holden, Tom McEvoy, Robert Mizrachi, Jordan Morgan, David O'Callaghan, Carl Olson, Lacey Jones, Chris Bigler, Jen Harman, TJ CLoutier, Phil Laak, Paul and Keith Sexton, and Steve Z.

* * * * * Live Blogging Updates * * * * *

12:01pm... Penn & Teller did the opening call of "Shuffle up and deal!"

12:05pm... Cards in the air.

12:10pm... Gigli has been issued. First player is out.

12:25pm... Tuan Le nearly doubled up when his J-J held up against K-Qs.

12:30pm... WSOP Pics: Here's a random picture dump. Please click on the photos to see an enlarged view.

Jeffrey Pollack with Penn & Teller

Vintage TJ

Carl Olson

Action Bob

Tao of Poker's Blonde of the Day: Lacey Jones

Trish from Toronto

Lynette Chan

Steve Dannemann

Vintage Meehan

Jen Tilly

Fish of the Day


Steve Benton

1:15pm... Recent Elimiantion: Sammy Farha is out after a wicked one outer suckout. On a board with all hearts, Farha flopped a set with 9-9 and his opponent flopped a set of 6s. The turn was another six. All the money went in on the river.

1:30pm... Comedian Louie Anderson was in the bathroom talking on his cellphone. He was issued a ten minute penalty for excessive usage of the word "Fuck."

2:15pm... Recent Elimination: Liz Lieu is out. Her K-K were snapped off by 8-9 when her opponent tripped up on the turn. Too bad. I was hoping to do plenty of Liz Lieu updates throughout the day.

2:45pm... Louie Anderson doubled up with 7-7. He turned a full house as his opponent made his OESD. He's has 17.5K in chips and has been clean mouthed ever since.

3:15pm... Recent Elimiantions: Thomas "Thunder" Keller and Hasan Habib are both out.

3:30pm... WSOP Picture Dump: I had been wandering around looking for Jeff Pulver. I realized that he was sitting right next to Action Bob!! Click on the pics to see an enlarged view.

Action Bob and Jeff Pulver

Fans of the Tao of Poker

Thanks to my sponsor Paradise Poker

Happy Barry

4:00pm... Recent Elimination: Jon Bonetti is out. John Phan busted out when his J-J ran into Jan Sorenson's K-K.

4:20pm... Smoke break.

4:35pm... Joe Sebok dressed up like Spiderman today. Here's the pic:

5:00pm... Recent Elimination: Jen Tilly and Jeff "Happy" Shulman are out. Tilly went home via a bad beat and Shulman ran into the Hilton Sisters with Big Slick.

5:45pm... Recent Elimination: Mike the Mouth is out. Matusow flopped a set of 7s but a guy with a King high flush draw sucked out on him. Jim "Krazy Kanuck" Worth is also out. Jen Harman had a tough day. She just busted and had to sit next to that guy who slow rolled a straight flush against her on the feature table. Jordan Morgan is gone also.

6:00pm... Tom McEvoy cracked Aces with a set of Kings when he was all in.

6:05pm... Random Chipcounts: Dario Mineri from Rome, Italy is the chipleader with 56K. Of course CP and Poker Wire don't even have him on the radar. Daniel Negreanu has 40K. We've collected a few chipcounts for PokerStars players over at PokerStars Blog.

Chipleader: Dario Minieri

6:30pm... Recent Elimination: Bob Stupak and Atonion Esfiandari are both gone.

6:40pm... Recent Elimination: Jeff Pulver busted out. His Hilton Sisters ran into Pocket Kings. Action Bob is out. His Pocket Aces were snapped off by K-Qs.

6:45pm... Players are on a dinner break. Tme to head to the Tilted Kilt for pints of Stella as I ogle the kilted clad waitresses.

8:00pm... Bouncin Round the Room: On my way back to the media room, CC told me about overhearing Mke Matusow screaming into his cellphone, "Dude, I just signed 100 bobble head dolls in 10 minutes. I get paid three bucks a doll too."

8:20pm... Players are back from a break. We're on Level 4 and will be playing through Level 6.

9:00pm... Recent Elimiantion: Bruno Fitoussi is now out.

9:20pm... Bouncin Round the Room: After dinner, the TD's allowed unlimited fans access to the tournament floor. For the first time in three days, the floor is super crowded. Fans are standing six and seven people deep in some areas especially around TJ Cloutier and Daniel Negreanu, snapping photos with their digital cameras and whispering into their cellphones. Here's one of my favorite pics of the 2006 WSOP.

I think Daniel Negreanu is somewhere in this photo

9:30pm... Recent Elimiantion: Poker Hall of Famer TJ Clouiter has left the building.

10:00pm... Action has slowed down and I found out that Steve Benton has about 16K after he lost a pot set over set. "I should have lost my entire stack," he mentioned. Lacey Jones started out having a bad day. Since then she's held on and has about $15.5K.

10:30pm... Michael Craig is holding on as one of the shortest stacks in the tournament. He's got 4K.

11:11pm... Recent Elimination: Jean Robert Bellande is finally out. I incorrectly labeled him as busted several hours ago.

Pimp of the Day

11:30pm... "Are you still drinking?" Mike 'LuckyBlind' Lacey asked. "Last time I saw you, you were knocking back a few this afternoon." Sweet Jesus. You know you have a problem when one of the Irish guys are commenting on your drinking. OK, it's true. I was having a very rough day and decided to drink through the exhaustion. It started out with screwdrives around 1:30PM with Otis. Then it continued through dinner brek with a few Stellas. The booze took the edge off and I was defintely a lot less stressed as the day progressed.

12:10am... Recent Elimiantion: 2005 WSOP runner-up Steve Dannemann hits the rail and does not survive day 1.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

WSOP Main Event 1B

Yesterday marked the first of four Day 1s and out of 2,138 players Francis Cipriano emerged as the chipleader with $123,200. Ken Jacobs is second with $119K while Irishman Paul McCaffery is third with $110K. Mark Vos and Jeff Lisandro are in the Top 15 in chips.

There are some issues with official chip counts and everywhere I look they have different numbers. This is a clusterfuck. Last year, I'd check Poker Wire but I don't have the same confidence in that site this year. As soon as I can get verified numbers, I'll post them.

Quick Links:
Flipchip's WSOP Day 1 Photos
Wil Wheaton Interview (PokerStars Blog)
Late Night Team PokerStars Update (PokerStars Blog)
Zen Patience and Barry Greenstein (PokerStars Blog)
Serious Business (Fox Sports)
Day 1B kicks off with another 2,000 players including alternates. There are several pros expected to play today such as Billy Baxter, Amanda Baker, Doyle Brunson, Todd Brunson, David Chiu, Mike Caro, Dave Colclough, Allen Cunningham, E-Fro, Thor Hansen, Phil Hellmuth, CK Hua, Phil Ivey, Johnny Bax, John Juanda, Howard Lederer, Jason Lester, Paul Maigrel, Morgan Machina, Greg Mueller, Padrig Parkinson, Steven Paul-Ambrose, Pat Poels, Jose Rosenkratz, Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith, Dewey Tomko, Devilfish, Vanessa Rousso, Humberto Brenes, Bill Gazes, Patrik Antonius, Rafe Furst, and Mike Woo.

Bloggers Ryan from Absinthetics, Tuscaloosa Johnny, and Lee Sullivan are also in the mix today. Also, Jan from 50 Outs and Rizen are both playing too.

Lee Sullivan

Stay tuned for semi-live updates and photos and stop by PokerStars Blog to read some of my updates.

* * * * * Live Blogging Updates * * * * *

12:00pm... In a classy move, the suits asked Doyle Brunson to do the famous starting saying, "Shuffle up and deal!" He limped down the center aisle with his solo crutch at his side as the everyone in the room jumped up and gave Texas Dolly a thunderous applause.

12:05pm... Cards are in the air.

12:10pm... Brad Garrett, Dax from Punk'd and Ryan are sitting at the same table.

12:20pm... Recent Elimination: Today's Gigli is Greg Nunley. He had K-K and ran into A-A.

12:30.... Phil "Perfect 10" Hellmuth is at the featured table. Yet in true Hellmthian fashion, he has not shown up yet.

1:45pm... Photos coming. I was on the floor for the past hour snapping pics. I found Shannon Elizabeth and Ron Jeremy. Brandon Shaefer is also playing today.

1:55pm... Doyle Brunson has his A-A cracked by K-K via a four flush. David Williams cracked aces with a set of 10s.

2:00pm... Blogger Update: Ryan is up to 24K and still sitting at the celeb table with Brad Garret and Dax. Tuscaloosa Johnny has 15K in chips after he took a big pot off of Finnish boy toy Patrik Antonius. Johnny turned a set and took about half of his stack.

2:13pm... Hellmuth finally arrives.

2:23pm... Accroding to CJ, Hellmuth took a huge hit. In two hands his JJ ran into QQ and his KK ran into AA.

2:25pm... Recent Elimination: Johnny Bax is out.

3:00pm... WSOP Photo Dump: Feel free to click on the photos to see an enlarged view.

Humberto Brenes

Phil Ivey

Brandon Schaefer

Texas Dolly

Joe Sebok: Prop Bet Loser

Tao of Poker's Blonde of the Day: Mandy Baker

The Life of Gavin

Shannon Elizabeth

Ron Jeremy


Louise Francoeur

Vintage Caro

Fabrice's cardcapper

Hat of the Day: Christmas in July


Paul Azinger

3:15pm... Random Blogger Updates: Tuscaloosa Johnny has 16K. Ryan has 20K. Louise Francouer is someone I met at the Borgata in January. She's friends with Borgata's TD Tab Duchateau and went deep in the Borgata Winter Poker Open. She also made the final table of the Borgata's Ladies Event. She took a hit early today and was down to just 200 in chips. She tripled up and now has 4K.

3:30pm... Recent Eliminations: Tiffany Williamson is out. Last year she was the highest finishing female. This year, she's toast on Day 1B when her 10-10 ran into K-K. Lee Sullivan is also out. She flopped two pair and lost to a straight.

4:20pm... Smoke break.

4:30pm... Recent Eliminations: Paul Darden and Phil Hellmuth are both out. CJ told me that a fan was heckling Hellmuth at the featured table when his A-Q lost to 7-7. Hellmuth walked over to him and said, "You got some real class, pal."

4:45pm... Recent Eliminations: Shannon Elizabeth just busted. Gavin Smith is out. He told me to blog about For Peyton.

5:30pm... Recent Eliminations: Carmel Petresco and Greg FBT Mueller are both gone.

5:45pm... Bloggers Update: Tuscaloosa Johnny flopped quads with 2-2. He's got 32K and counting. Ryan has 18K. Jan from 50 Outs has 12K and has been card dead all day. "9-3o is my new favorite hands," he said. He perked up when his wife Katja stopped by to sweat him.

Vanessa Rousso

6:00pm... Recent Eliminations: Alex Prendes and Corey Cheresnick have been busted.

6:30pm... Recent Eliminations: Ron Jeremy is busted, but he banged two Milwaukee's Beast chicks on the way out. Hey, that guy's done more beaver hunting in one afternoon than I have done in my lifetime. Also busted are Steve Diano and Mel Judah.

6:50pm... Players are going on dinner break. Be back at 8:20pm.

8:30pm... Bloggers Update: Tuscaloosa Johnny has 32K in chips and moved to a new table where he's the big stack. Ryan has 28K in chips.

8:35pm... Recent Eliminations: Bard Garrett busted out just before the break.

8:50pm... European Update: My sources on all things British, Snoopy & Jen from Blonde Poker, told me that Askay "groupco" Kumar and Jeff Burke lead the Brits with almost 50K in chips.

9:00pm.... Recent Eliminations: David Singer's K-K ran into pocket rockets. Brad "Yukon" Booth busted out as well.

9:15pm... Recent Eliminations: Evyln Ng busted out when her J-J ran into the Hilton Sisters. Phillipe Rouas is also out.

9:20pm... Bouncin Round the Room: The hallways are clogged with spectators lining up to get into the Amazon Ballroom. It resembes the lines out in front of various clubs on the Strip like at Jet, Pure, or Tao. A big-ass hulking security guard wearing a shit-stained color shirt doesn't let anyone in until he's given the go ahead. Players who have their main event tickets get inside the big wooden doors. The security guards check every media rep's badge. The hallways are more congested than before, bit that's OK, because walking around inside is much more manageable.

9:30pm... European Update: According to my Irish sources Tom Murphy from antes Up, Niall O'Callaghan is leading at attack of Irish players with 26K. Murphy described O'Callaghan as "one of the best tournament players from Ireland."

9:44pm... Recent Eliminations: Doyle Brunson was eliminated and left the room under a thunderous applause. He had 9-9 but ran into Ks-10s when his opponent flopped trips and slow played them.

9:50pm... Bloggers Update: Brandon Schaefer chopped a pot with A-Ks. He was all in on the flop with Ace high and went up against Big Slick. He has 34K in chips. Fuel55 has $6K. Ryan has $18K in chips.

10:00pm... Askay "groupco" Kumar has 70K right now and is one of the chipleaders.

Askay "groupco" Kumar

10:20pm... Recent Elimination: Miami John Cernuto is out.

11:00pm... Nothing to report. I've been catching up on work and watching Vanessa Rousso play as an assignment for PokerStars. Lucky me. I'm digging her cleavage today.

11:30pm... Recent Elimination: Ryan has 25.7K. Tuscaloosa Johnny has 41K. Brandon Shaefer has 36K. Take a peek at Ryan's blog to read his WSOP updates.

11:40pm... Recent Elimination: According to CJ, Howard Lederer is out. Around 1,250 players remain.

12:00am... Yesterday Minh Nguyen didn't show up and he was blinded off. Today, that distincon goes to Clayton Davis. He's been sitting at Jan's table.

12:11am... Recent Elimination: Vanessa Rousso is out along with Joe Sebok and Barry Shulman. Vanessa had a short stack for most of the time after the dinner break. She was down to a couple of hundred when she pushed all in with A-9 and ran into pocket nines.

12:30am... Here's a few pics I took after Midnight.

The action

Cowboy of the Day

Tao of Poker's Cleavage of the Day

12:45pm... Jan from 50 Outs had his Kings cracked on the river. He had over $30K and now sits with $10K.

Jan-Christoph von Halle

1:00am... Bloggers Update: Tuscaloosa Johnny has $26K.

1:45am... Recent Elimination: Patrik Antonius is out. Men the Master sucked out on the young Fin. With A-Q Antonius flopped top pair but Men the Master caught running Kings to send him to the rail.