WSOP 2011: John Duthie and the woman on his back

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngMost players need to win cash to pay the rent. Others have bets to settle, and a few play for the prestige of climbing leader boards. George Lind quipped yesterday that he could still top the WSOP Player of the Year Award; he just had the minor issue of winning the main event to do so. But what about John Duthie? He surely needs to cash just to pay for his massages. If ever there was a well-kneaded back, it's the Brit's. Truly, if he were a steak, he'd be the most tender cut of beef you've ever tasted.

Now that I've planted the somewhat unappealing thought in your mind of eating Duthie, it is worth noting that cashing in big events is something the Team PokerStars Pro has become accustomed to. Having $2.7 million in tournament winnings to your name does tend to pay for the luxury of a back rub.

Duthie sits in the purple section of the Amazon Room today. Fresh from a $67,000 success in the WSOP $25,000 No Limit Heads-Up event, he has, not surprisingly, secured the services of a massage therapist once again. She's been there from level one, and I hope she's not planning to clock off early as there have been tournament days when I've seen the man who created the PokerStars European Poker Tour being massaged from start to finish.

One of those was last year at the PCA in the Bahamas, and it provided the setting for one of my most favourite photos to have appeared on PokerStars Blog...

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John Duthie

Today, there has been no hair-raising moments for Duthie so far. The man who famously came up with the concept of the EPT while soaking in the bath, has eased up to 39,000 chips at a table that appears not to present him with dangerous names to contend with.

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Duthie today, before the masseuse showed up today

Together with Duthie, Team PokerStars Pro has a healthy representation in the field today. We've already written about Max Lykov, and mentioned our previous bracelet winners, but also here are Richard Toth from Hungary, Martin Hruby from the Czech Republic, Argentina's Leo Fernandez and Nacho Barbero, Gualter Salles from Brazil and Italy's Dario Minieri.

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Richard Toth

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VIDEO OF THE HOUR

HAIRCUT CHANGES OF THE HOUR
Gualter Salles: Closely cropped, impervious to a breeze. Vivek Rajkumar: Bigger than his actual head.

BEER-DRENCHED OFFER OF THE HOUR
"I'm going to kiss you on the lips." -One male patron of the Miller Lite beer cart to another

POTENTIAL SUPERPOWER OF THE POKERSTARS BLOG OF THE HOUR
X-Ray vision, possibly forming in Brad Willis' eyes during Day 1B (it also may just be what some people call "a moment of clarity")

TEAM POKERSTARS PRO NON-POKER ACTIVITIES OF THE HOUR
DJing in the Pavilion Room, 18 holes of golf -- Vanessa Rousso

ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS OF THE HOUR
Buckner, Watson, Stoudemire, Nowitzki and Pennington.

POSTAL SERVICE PRICE OF THE HOUR
98c to send a postcard to the United Kingdom from the United States.