Phil Ivey surprised the poker world last year when he managed to wade through another largely-amateur field to reach the WSOP Main Event’s final table and a place among the November Nine. That won’t happen again this year; Ivey busted out after an all-in move in the Pavilion Room that saw him mucking his cards face-down and almost running through an employees-only exit. It was a bitter end to a WSOP that saw Ivey cash four times, including a win in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
Today’s Action: Day 2B continues. Players that advance will get tomorrow off and join the survivors of Day 2A on Monday. The field should be narrowed to about a third of the original 7,319 that began play earlier in the week.
Semi-Notable Celebrity Sightings To Date. Jason Alexander. “Costanza” was holding his own in the Main Event, having advanced to the tournament’s second day. He’s currently in the hunt in Day 2B. Could this be another Summer of George?
Hank Azaria. The man who does more voices than anyone else on “The Simpsons” is working on a great stack in Day 2B action. That’s good poker playin’, Lou.
David Alan Grier.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Top Pair: Kimberly Lansing. The brunette will return to the broadcast team of “World Poker Tour” for the show’s ninth season. Also returning today: my boner.
Not-So-Young Poker Pro Who Makes More Money Than You. Todd Terry is an Ohio native that got his start in almost the opposite way that most do: playing in live casinos and then switching to online games. His success led him to give up his career as a criminal defense attorney in New York City, and now the 36-year-old has over $1.5 million in tournament winnings to his credit. That’s a lotta dimp.
I shared a cab with him on Wednesday to The Strip, and he was a pretty chill dude that dutifully answered all of my gushing “You’re a poker pro?” questions. What I didn’t know was that Terry is an internet legend in his own right, having logged over 10,000 posts on the renowned 2+2 poker forums. “Todd F–king Terry” has sounded off on everything from tournament direction to calling out douchebag players at his own table. Todd was eliminated from the Main Event yesterday, but he did leave the World Series with one cash in the $1500 Pot Limit Hold’em event.
Bad Beat Of The Day: Danish poker pro Gus Hansen felt the wrath of Day 2 in last year’s main event, moving all-in after hitting a straight on the turn. He’ll be in the driver’s seat as long as the board doesn’t pair…and then…
Bizarre Prop Bet That’s Actually Kinda Recent: Via B.J. Nemeth’s WSOP photo blog: Two enterprising gentlemen that make their money in business, Jason Calacanis and David Sacks, made an interesting “last longer” bet in this year’s main event. Calacinas, who owns Mahalo.com, and Sacks, owner of Yammer.com, each decided that whoever busted out first would have to give up 10,000 shares of his company to the other. It was Calacanis who was sent to the rail first, helping Sacks diversify his own portfolio.