WSOP Main Event Day 2B: Canucks can
It wasn't just red backpacks, Connecticut and a carpet burn on our photographer Joe Giron's forehead* that made their poker debuts at the NAPT Mohegan Sun tournament in April this year. Three new members of Team PokerStars Pro Canada also strolled into the media's glare that week: Anh Van Nguyen, Marcello del Grosso and Pat Pezzin.
Each were already well known on the Canadian poker scene, but Daniel Negreanu and Steve Paul needed some help in bolstering the Team Pro Maple Leaf Division, and that secured them a promotion to the toughest line-up in poker. This year in Las Vegas, each has proved over and over that the coach's decision was a sound one.
Pezzin, who made it through his day two yesterday with 55,800 chips, is well placed to earn a remarkable eighth cash of the 2010 World Series. He has cashes in shootout, HORSE, Omaha, hold 'em and seven-card stud tournaments this year, with his best finish coming in the $1,500 stud event, where he came seventh.
Last year, Pezzin came second in the $10,000 limit hold 'em championship and in all he visited the WSOP cashier's cage 21 times, and sat on four final tables.
Del Grosso and Van Nguyen are playing today, and each of them are regular botherers of World Series tellers too. Del Grosso cashed five times in the 2005 Series, three times in 2006, twice in 2007, three times in 2009 and twice already this summer. He's one of the short stacks returning to the Pavilion Room after the dinner break, but you don't rack up that many results without knowing a thing or two.
As for Van Nguyen, well, the most amazing thing he has ever achieved was to make our colleague Simon Young seem like a seer. Earlier in the Series, Young cautioned that you should remember the name Anh Van Nguyen and he proved to be quite the prophet. Van Nguyen was Team PokerStars Pro's top performer over the four day one flights of the Main Event - finishing with 116,425 - and is now looking to press home that advantage and take himself into the deep stages.
Negreanu may be the second most winningest player in the world of tournament poker, but he has three hungry countrymen snapping at his tail.
*Acquired after "slapping the concrete" while "refreshed" on his birthday.
RESPECTFUL APPLAUSE OF THE HOUR
Doyle Brunson has been eliminated from the 2010 World Series Main Event.
ALSO ELIMINATED OF THE HOUR
DINNER BREAK OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"You never see a lobster on its back."
RIVETING TWEET OF THE HOUR
Bill Chen: "98.5k at dinner. No interesting hAnds last hour,.."
UNFORTUNATE TRIVIA FACT OF THE HOUR
Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, Jr., one of the world's legendary racing drivers received his nickname fireball before dying as a result of a fiery crash, not after.
"OF THE HOUR" ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY OF THE HOUR
It was on this very day one year ago, in this very building, in this very event, on this very blog that we reported the following Of the Hour report. It's a memory that haunts us.
ELIMINATION OF THE THE HOUR
We caught up with the action on a flop of 3-4-6. Friend of PokerStars Jason Alexander bet out 25,000 and ended up facing an all-in from Christian Heich. Alexander called with pocket jacks. Heich showed 6-5. The turn was a nine, but the river fell as a six and the Summer of George ended early.
"It's a cruel game. but i'm happy with my play here," he said. "It's my third consecutive year and this is the deepest I've gone.I got half way through Day 2 last year so it's getting better."
IS THAT A EUPHEMISM? OF THE HOUR
"You could go see my friend Carol. She's offering toffee tonight."
RIO EMPLOYEE OF THE HOUR
Bill, a grand master of the Gentleman's art of working a shine into a pair of tan full brogues for $7 - with all the conversation you can handle thrown in for free - working his shift tonight.
SUGGESTION OF THE HOUR
"They should give the first player out $500." - Rio Employee of the hour Bill's suggestion for adding a little compassion to the Main Event.