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2010 World Series of Poker Day 3 Second Update – Poker, Scandals, and Boob Cams
What an interesting evening it has been at the 2010 WSOP. Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship kicked off at 3 p.m. with 54 players still in the hunt. Phil Ivey and Barry Greenstein were some of the early casualties. Alexander Kostritsyn has been steadily chipping up and is the first player to break 1 Million in chips. Erik Seidel and Andy Bloch are both above average in chips and still in the hunt.
I went over to the event to snap some photos of the event and got there about five minutes or so before break. As such, I hung around on the stage and chatted with one of the other media members while we waited for players to return. That is when I saw her. She was a brunette with glasses holding a beer and practically begging passing pros to stop and give her a hug. John Juanda quickly obliged and when Doyle Brunson rode in on his blue scooter, they cheered his return. I then noticed something about her. She had something sticking up out of her chest. Could it be? Yes! It looks like a camera. Therefore, I officially present to you the “WSOP Tit Cam.”
This girl is relentless too. She has been railing the $50,000 Player’s Championship and the Omaha Hi-Lo event that started at five. She has been requesting hugs from any pro that will oblige her. Barry Greenstein? Check. Greg Raymer? Check. (And Greg btw is wearing this dreadful lime green shirt.) She has been having the time of her life. Hopefully she comes back to keep “abreast” on the WSOP.
As I mentioned, Event #4, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event, kicked off today at 5 p.m. A lot of Omaha specialists as well as pros turned out for this event. Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Durrrr, Barbara Enright, David Bach, Todd Brunson, Chau Giang, Michael Binger, Tony G, Perry Friedman, and other are among the players.
Omaha tends to bring out a lot of the characters in the poker world. One player that is well known in the Los Angeles area is Mike Longo. He is known as “The Hat.” He normally wears a hat with a stuffed alligator on it and has little alligator stuffed animals.
Perry Friedman is another character that is a semi-pro player and a Full Tilt red pro. He has a bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo.
I don’t know who this guy is, but I like the hat.
Bryan Micon sent out a twitter post earlier and asked about what happened in the Thang Luu case from the 2009 WSOP. Last year, Thang Luu completed an amazing run in Omaha Hi-Lo by winning the 2009 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. He won the same event in 2008 and finished 2nd to Frankie O’dell in 2007. Later on during the series, he broke a dealer’s hand during a cash game and then was subsequently kicked out of the WSOP.
I discovered that Thang Luu received a one year ban from the WSOP that expires sometime in June. However, this wasn’t the only thing I discovered while uncovering the fate of Luu. Yesterday, a player in the $1,000 NL Holdem event decided that he would try and steal chips from another player. He was caught, escorted out of the Rio, and then banned for LIFE from the World Series of Poker. I guess it goes to reinforce the sentiment that anything can be forgiven in poker, except for a cheater.
820 players registered for the Omaha Hi-Lo and 789 remain. Day 1b of the $1,000 NL Event is still going on as well. Frank Wilburn lasted a couple more levels than I did yesterday, but he is out. Tables are beginning to break for the Omaha event and I think I will break things down for the day as well.
I’ll be back tomorrow fro the Rio. Tomorrow is the start of Event #5, a $1,500 NL Holdem event. Matt Stout will be among the participants and with any luck, I will catch up with him for an interview. Stay tuned to pokerjunkie.com as we bring you updates from the 2010 World Series of Poker.