WSOP Main Event: Will the real Dennis Phillips please stand up?
In the climax of the Hollywood film "The Thomas Crowne Affair," the protagonist, a lovable yet mischievous super thief, avoids the authorities by dressing up dozens of people in a museum exactly as he is--a bowler hat and finely-tailored black suit. The gambit works and Crowne escapes.
The scene in the Amazon Room today is reminiscent of the big screen show. Every few minutes, you'll think, "There goes Dennis Phillips!" Then a second later, it's "No, THERE'S Dennis Phillips!" A bit of investigation reveals Dennis Phillips has once again brought a posse of doppelgangers to root him on at the World Series.
"There must be at least 40 of us," said one southern California fan.
Phillips is both loved and generous. His fans come from all reaches, and his friends--"Five or six of them," Phillps said--received courtesy buy-ins to the World Series from their buddy who placed third in last year's Main Event.
"We have fun," Phillips said with a smile.
As Phillips sits in Day 1C, he looks a bit like a NASCAR driver. His shirt has more patches than buttons. In one glance, he is an advertisement for Ford trucks, Poker Road, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, PokerStars, the EPT, the APPT, the LAPT, Bad Beat on Cancer, the Albert Pujols Family Foundation, and the Schindler Law Firm.
You will note quite a few charities on the list of Phillips advertisements. A connection you might miss is a single signature on his fresh St. Louis Cardinals cap. It reads: "Dan Harrington."
"I'm getting as many notable pros to sign my hat and then I'm going to auction it off for charity," he said.
Somebody may want to tell Phillips that he should sign the hat, too, as he's becoming pretty notable around these parts--not to mention ubiquitous.
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ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR
Daniel Negreanu has been eliminated from the featured table after his pocket threes were no good against queens. He told ESPN after his bust that he woke up sick, took some cold medicine, and didn't have his head about him today.
QUOTE OF THE (FIRST) HOUR
Latecomer to table: No one ate my jerky, did they?
Everyone else: Err, no. It's there.
THANKLESS TASK OF THE HOUR
Two Rio cleaning staff dispatched with dustpan and brooms to clear up rose petals scattered the length of the approach hall to the Amazon Ballroom after Phil Hellmuth's arrival.
RULE COMMENTARY OF THE HOUR
The F-bomb rule has been narrowed a bit this year, causing a bit of confusion abut when exactly it is appropriate to use the word. Brett Jungblut explained, "You can say it to yourself, as long as you don't say it to yourself too loud."
JOE GIRON PHOTO HOUR
APPROXIMATE STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
In a hallways crammed full with 1,000 unmoveable poker players:
Number of men lining up for the bathroom at the first break: 121
Number of men lining up for the bathroom trapped against their will: 13
LOUD MOUTH OF THE HOUR
Convinced he's safe till November.
"It's not gonna happen guys. Change gear, change good luck charms, it's not gonna happen. It's 'Alan', with one 'L'. If I'm in day five you won't have to look it up I promise."
COLLAPSE OF THE HOUR
The table holding laptops and television monitors beside the feature table, scattering said laptops and monitors across the floor.
QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"I can't complain. I mean, I could. But I won't." -- Maria "maridu" Mayrinck on her World Series to date
VIDEO OF THE HOUR
Watch WSOP 2009: Marcin and Humberto in the pool on PokerStars.tv