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By / 07.08.10

PUNTE is in Las Vegas covering the WSOP Main Event. For more daily updates from the Main Event, follow his dedicated page at facebook.com/JoshAtWSOP.

Peter Eastgate won the Main Event just two years ago, pocketing over $9 million. Today, he announced that he’s had enough of chasing straights and sucking out and announced his retirement from poker.

“When I started playing poker for a living, it was never my goal to spend the rest of my life as a professional poker player. My goal was to become financially independent. I achieved that by winning the WSOP Main Event in 2008.[..]

I have decided that now is the time to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life. What this will be, I do not yet know. I have decided to take a break from live tournament poker, and try to focus on Peter Eastgate, the person. –via Wicked Chops Poker.

Yeah, so he just retired. From a table game. At age 24. Sometimes I really hate life.

Today’s Action: Day 1D, the last first day. With over 2,000 players for Day 1C, the rush will be on for remaining players to avoid getting shut out of the tournament. Even more big-name pros will be in the Rio convention center today competing for a spot in Day 2.

If Day 1 seems totally worthless, that’s because it is. The blog Pokerati did the math, and they determined that if you didn’t play a single hand on Day 1, you would advance to Day 2 with more than half of your 30,000 starting chips. And yet over 1,000 players will be eliminated before Day 2A begins Friday.

Notables playing today: TV’s Jason Alexander and Hank Azaria; Doyle Brunson and his two kids, Pamela and Todd Brunson; Jennifer Harman, 2005 ME champ Joe Hachem, former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith, and poker pro Justin Smith.

Yesterday’s Action: Tom Dwan, Howard Lederer, and Phil Hellmuth were notables among those eliminated from Day 1C. Mike Sexton, Annie Duke, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Johnny Chan all advanced.

Poker Quote Of The Day:

“I drove a lot of losers back to the airport today.”

–Cab driver from the Rio, on late Tuesday morning. On Monday (Day 1A), 359 out of 1125 players were eliminated. That’s about 32 percent. That percentage would duplicate itself on Tuesday (Day 1B) where 471 out of 1489 went broke. That’s a mighty quick way to spend $10K.

Semi-Notable Celebrity Sightings To Date.

Shannon Elizabeth. The star of American Pie showed up in the Rio Convention Center for…something. Elizabeth just signed to be the brand liason for Carbon Poker, who is getting their money’s worth after her runner-up finish in Ante Up For Africa and her impressive Day 1 performance.

Jennifer Tilly

Orel Hershisher

Ray Romano

Rene Angelil

Dennis Haskins

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Montel Williams.

Top Pair. Mike Matusow (right). It’s not that I hate you guys; I just really need suggestions for some better poker babes. Either way, Mike’s still better-looking than Shana Hiatt.

Young Poker Pro That Makes More Money Than You. Michael Mizrachi [miz-RAH-hee] cashed in four events in this World Series, including a 1st-place finish in the mixed-game $50k event. He took home a bracelet and over $1.5 million for that finish. That’s a lotta dimp.

Bad Beat Of The Day. It’s a classic Asian Guy vs. Shirtless Redneck matchup. Maruchi rivers quad aces. And obviously, if that was good enough to win, we wouldn’t be showing it here.

Awesome Prop Bet That Is Years Old To The Rest Of The World. Take it away, awesome mixed-games player Keith Gipson:

Just because of how ridiculously big the betting got, I’d say [the craziest prop bet I've taken part in] was a Lodden Thinks session between Antonio and Brian.

They had a bet on which…was more ridiculous:

A) That Michelle Obama would rate Mike Matusow as a 100 on a scale of 0-100 (100 being the greatest sexual experience in her life) in bed or B) that on a random Tuesday night at 8 p.m. there would be 1,850 people in Tower 2 of Panorama Towers [where many of today's young poker pros live. --Ed.].

Antonio thought A was more ridiculous, while Brian thought B was. They proposed the question to a judge, Lee Merschon, and Merschon agreed with Antonio. Antonio won $5k off of that. Since Rast thought Antonio’s judge was crazy, they added 4 more judges (Sorel Mizzi, myself, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, and Alec Torelli). After long discussions, Dwan and I voted for Rast, and Mizzi and Torelli for Antonio so they chopped the $20k bet. They had bet $5k on each answer per judge. After further discussion, Mizzi and Torelli decided that Rast was right giving him a 3-1 favorite, but the ruling was still deemed a split. –via PokerNews.

Here‘s another Lodden Thinks bet, just to give you a better feel for it [vid]. I think being a degenerate gambler helps a lot.


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