Four days to choose from and 80% of the poker players I follow are playing today. They are saying 2300+ players today.
Some things overheard or observed today....
The one that seems to be doing best is my upcoming interviewee Laurence Grondin from Montreal. She has over 70k.
An indian guy says to his wife on the rail, I'm almost out. On the turn, he has top two pair, is all in, and the other player has bottom set. No fear, he hit his 4 outer higher boat on the river to double up. He assured his wife he was due.
Phil Hellmuth, after his 30 minute stage performace with 12 dancing girls and rappers, finally makes his MMA styled entrance to much attention. Two hours later, after the adrenalin had ebbed, he was seen struggling to remain awake at his featured table.
Another table, another suckout witnessed. This time Q's were all in against 9's only to see the two outer 9 hit on the river. Better luck next year, sir.
Patrik Antonius was low key, but I hadn't noticed his large tattoo on his left forearm that has a scripted Mila Jolie on it.
Unlike his deep run from last year, Joe 'LatestLines2' Ward was having a tougher time of it this year. Both his tables were full of aggressive three betting youngsters. When he approached the second table, he asked "Where are all the old people?" They said "you're it." Ouch at only 28.
Tom Dwan's corner table is drawing the biggest rail by far.
Dennis Phillips has his usual rail of supporters in red hats with a truck horn going off when he wins hands.
Derric 'Sixpeppers' Haynie called me over to ask me who this FTP pro was who was new to his table. When I said Barny Boatman. He said "Thanks, I'm off to PTR him."
Johnny_Drama told me to leave his table so as not to scare away the super hot girl on the rail by his table.
Tom 'Brystmar' Berg also had an aggressive table where some guy two to his left was playing 50/30 and 3 betting 20% to make his life miserable.
Princessdonk was off to a slow start, maybe the result a late night drinking and dancing at Blush.
Taylor Caby is busy giving interviews on his break about Peter Eastgate quitting poker after making over $10 million in tournament winnings since 2008.
And players are back from their second break, it's 150-300 now...