WSOP Main Event Day 2A: Time to get serious
It's day two of the World Series Main Event and the routine of it all is beginning to feel comfortable and familiar. Each day the blogging team divides duties, one of us dispatched to record the introductions made by Jack Effel and the handpicked guest invited to say the most famous words in poker - "shuffle up and deal".
Keen on originality and the jovial spirit, it's a shift renamed the "Emmitt Smith shift" after the crowd lifting job done by soon-to-be Hall of Famer yesterday during which Smith added some refreshing originality by shouting "shuffle and play" to much applause. Having no knowledge or real interest in the NFL even I wanted to shout: "Crikey, how about those Cowboys from Dallas!"
I didn't, and the ceremony each afternoon is now all in the past now. Day two comes with no such welcome beyond the formal details of the job at hand. While day one is for celebration - the culmination of a lot of hard work that brings you to Las Vegas in the first place - there's no time for sentimentality on day two. There's work to do.
Jack Effel welcomes players back
While the players get focused the railbirds were enjoying the spectacle of a regular flow of familiar faces filing into the Amazon Room, thousands of them, some young and wide-eyed, others older, slightly slower and aware from past experience that elimination on day two comes with zero compensation.
David Williams worked his way into the Pavilion Room, also packed wall to wall, as did Chris Moneymaker, intent on going deep this year.
More relaxed than most was the current World Champion Joe Cada, who posed for pictures with the same grace that Jason Alexander did last night when ambushed by a press room ready to ditch impartiality and professional distance for autographs of photos. The man just wanted a stick of beef jerky.
That Cada could spend time on the rail was down to a slight delay in proceedings. The extra half a level on day one leaves its other half dangling on day two. The solution simple. Today we'll play four levels, taking a break after the half level concludes after an hour. Then, two full levels, six and seven, before entering level eight, half way through which they'll be a dinner break for 90 minutes. Then back for two more hours of poker before getting out of here.
That's the plan. Now though it's time to play some cards. As Jack Effel said:
"Good luck players. We'll see you at the end of day two."
GROSS STATISTICS OF THE HOUR
Number of croissant sandwiches in between feet of man in bathroom stall: 1
Number of iPhone's on top of sandwich container: 1
Number of above items that shouldn't be anywhere near the bathroom floor: 2
TIMES MUST BE TOUGH MOMENT OF THE HOUR
We thought Marcel Luske was pretty well rolled, but he's just been spotted in the worker's spot behind an information desk in the Rio convention center rotunda. Can anybody spare a dollar for the Flying Dutchman?
VIDEO OF THE HOUR
There's a soccer match tomorrow in South Africa. You might have heard about it. But there was also a soccer match yesterday in Las Vegas. Here's the exclusive coverage:
TWEET OF THE HOUR
Lex Veldhuis: "I feel sooo good today. Day off yesterday was perfect and cant wait to play. Im at amazon 274, don't know anyone from my table. FIGHTING"
DOUBLE UP OF THE HOUR
Daniel Negreanu, now on 43,425 after the first hour of play
ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR