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All Mucked Up: 2012 World Series of Poker Day 35 Live Blog

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All Mucked Up is a live blog of all the stuff you want to know at the 2012 World Series of Poker, besides hand histories and bad beats. Well, we might add a few in here, everyone loves a good bad beat story — unless it happened to you. Check back often for polls, soundbites, celebrity sightings, and who knows what else!

May The Odds Be Ever In your Favor

Here are the odds for the final table for Event 51: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em

Angela Moed: 19/2
Freda Lawrence: 14/1
Debbie Pechac: 3/2
Janet Howard: 10/1
Candida Ross-Powers: 8/5
Lesley Amos: 3/1
Yen Dang: 2/1
Rae Rocco: 13/2
Ida Lundholm: 6/1

Event 52: 10 Game Mix/Six Handed resumes today with 19 players remaining. Here are the odds for some of the notables in the field:

Bryn Kenny: 13/1
Vanessa Selbst: 7/2
Chris Bjorin: 10/1
Scott Clements: 11/1
Lee Goldman: 12/1

One-Drop Countdown

The Amazon Room in the Rio is absolutely electric this afternoon. Throngs of media, fans, and players are all around. A tournament with a $1,000,000 buy-in will tend to do that.

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Reactions from One-Drop Players

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Player introductions took place in the revamped Thunderdome before the start of the tournament accompanied by drumbeats from Cirque du Soleil performers. The biggest cheers were reserved for Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Antonito Esfandiari, and Gus Hansen.

We caught up few a few players to get their thoughts on the event.

Phil Galfond says, “It’s exciting. It’s great for poker.”

We asked Andrew Robl what his game plan was for the day.

“I looked at my table draw. Poker is poker. I’m gonna try to do what I always do.”

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi had one word to describe today's event.



$1,000,000 Buy-in And A $10 wardrobe

We always like to have fun with the wardrobe choices of poker players, but it was especially interesting to see the outfits of the some of the notables in the One-Drop today.

It’s just a day at the beach for Sam Trickett.

Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

Antonio Esfandiari is making himself right at home; no need for shoes.

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier looks like he just rolled out of bed.

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

One-Drop Table Draws

With only 48 players in the field, consisting of top tier professionals mixed in with wealthy amateurs, it makes for some interesting table draws.

Table 407

1Dan Shak
2Mikhail Smirnov
3John Morgan
4Bobby Baldwin
5Phil Galfond
6Roland De Wolfe
7Eugene Katchalov
8Tom Dwan

Table 401

1Bill Perkins
2Frederique Banjout
3Andrew Robl
4Jens Kyllönen
5Justin Smith
6Brian Rast
7Sam Trickett
8Jonathan Duhamel

Table 409

1Seng Chen Yong
2Jason Mercier
3Talal Shakerchi
4Noah Schwartz
5Gus Hansen
6Paul Newey
7David Einhorn
8Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier

Table 411

1Wei Seng Phua
2Michael Mizrachi
3Mike Sexton
4Bob Bright
5Phil Hellmuth
6Daniel Negreanu
7Rick Salomon
8Chamath Palihapitiya

Table 381

1Haralabos Voulgaris
2Ilya Bulychev
3Philipp Gruissem
4Cary Katz
5Giovanni Guarascio
6Tobias Reinkemeier
7Phil Ruffin
8Guy Laliberté

Table 391

1Vivek Rajkumar
2Tom Marchese
3Antonio Esfandiari
4Nick Schulman
5Ben Lamb
6Brandon Steven
7Phil Ivey
8Erik Seidel


Which One Drop Table is the Toughest?

Busquet In Commentator Booth For One Drop

Olivier Busquet pictured on left.  David Tuchman pictured on right.
Olivier Busquet pictured on left. David Tuchman pictured on right.

Many poker fans and players will be delighted that Olivier Busquet is back in the booth again. He received rave reviews for his commentary in the past. He’s in the booth with David Tuchman providing commentary for the WSOP online stream for Table 391, featuring Phil Ivey.

We caught up with Busquet at break.

What are your impressions on the play thus far?

Vivek (Rajkumar) has been the most active, he chipped down and lost a third of his stack but chipped back up again in hand against Erik (Seidel) in a seven-bet pre-flop pot. I’m not sure if Erik six-bet with a hand and decided to let it go or if he was making a play.

Ben Lamb has been playing pretty loose and splashing around a bit. Ivey has been quite snug thus far which is really surprising.

Brandon Steven has come out to play. The tough table does not intimidate him, which it shouldn't when you put up a million dollars. He came in tenth in the Main Event two years ago as well.

Hansen's Brick

When walking through the tables in the One Drop Tournament we saw that Gus Hansen had a $50,000 brick of cash stashed under the table:

$50,000 Brick Under The Table
$50,000 Brick Under The Table

As he was heading off to break, we reminded Gus not to forget his cash under his chair.

"Oh!" he replied as he went back and slammed down his cash next to his chips.

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Tom Tweet of the Day

Maybe it's a little too soon but Tom Dwan's latest tweet just seems a little too patronizing to us:

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Low blow, Tom! Low blow.

Cash Game Watch: Patrick Antonius

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We just spotted Patrick Antonius in the high limit cash game pit in the Pavilion. Last time we spoke to Antonius he hoped to play in the One-Drop but expressed reservations due to tax issues with investors.

Antonius is playing in a Mix Game 6max 100-200-400 table. We’ll be sure to keep the Muck faithful updated if any notables join in.

How Do You Fold Quads?

We just saw an insane, and almost unbelievable tweet from Phil Galfond about one of the craziest hands ever:

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We will try to catch up with Galfond on break and have him walk us through the hand.

Outfit of the Day: Rick Salomon

Today's best outfit belongs to Rick Salomon who decided to show up to the Big One for One Drop wearing an all black one piece jumpsuit. Here's a shot of it that we got:

It's not nap time Rick
It's not nap time Rick

We caught him playing in the tournament, but he had taken off the top part of his suit. Must've been a little too hot under all those lights.

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Let us know what you think of Salomon's outfit choice in the comments below.

How Do You Fold Quads? Part 2

We got a chance to catch up with a few of the players on break from the table where Mikhail Smirnov folded quads to John Smirnov's all-in river shove.

First up, we caught up with Roland De Wolfe who helped us get a little insight on how the hand went down.

Tom Dwan opened with {A-}{Q-},” De Wolfe said. “Then Smirnov called, and Morgan called, and the flop came out {j-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades}. Tom checked, and Smirnov bet, Morgan called, and Tom folded. The turn came the {8-Spades} and Smirnov bet again, and Morgan just called. The river was the {K-Spades} and Smirnov bet again, a huge bet. Then Morgan shoved all-in over the top of that.”

We asked De Wolfe what he thought of the fold, if it was ridiculous or genius.

“At first I thought it was ridiculous. But now, I think it was a really good fold. Phil Galfond said it was the best fold he'd ever seen.”

We also asked him if Morgan said anything to imply that he had the straight flush.

“He did say a few things that led me to believe that he had it,” De Wolfe said.

After this we were able to catch up with Phil Galfond who gave us a little more insight on that hand. We asked Galfond if he thought the fold was a good one, or a ridiculous one.

“It very well could've been a good fold,” Galfond said. “It's hard to pick up stone cold reads only after two hours, but there are very few value hands that make sense on the river. As far as full houses {K-}{K-} is very unlikely cause you'd expect a raise pre, so maybe {j-}{j-}. I don't think I have it in me to fold quads, but I think it was a good fold.”

Here is the full action of the hand as described by Eugene Katchalov as well.

Let us know what you think of the fold in the poll below.


Was It A Good Fold?

"You Can Never Be Too Careful."

Some of the players in the Big One for One Drop are having a lot of fun at the expense of Phil Hellmuth's just call on the river against Paul Phua with the second nuts.

"How is Phil playing, Scummy?" Antonio Esfandiari called to Rick Salomon who was sitting at the adjacent table.

"Meh." Salomon said as he shrugged his shoulders and scratched his head.

"You can never be too careful," Esfandiari said about Hellmuth's just call.

They're Paying You With What?!

A lot of rumors were flying around that Shaun Deeb would be paid for his 2nd place in the One Drop satellite with tournament lammers since it was a satellite:

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But Deeb just rebunked his own rumor with a picture of himself next to a few huge stacks of cash:

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If all else failed, at least Deeb would've had entries to the Main Event for the next 100 years.

Robl On Tilt

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We saw this tweet from Andrew Robl right after he busted The One Drop on a bad beat to Brian Rast. A while later, Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates responded, hoping to be able to play. Jungleman is not afraid to put up big money, having been the second person to accept ‘The Durrrr Challenge’. Hopefully these guys get some plans together and we see some extra side action during the next few days!

One Drop Snack Time

Snack time has a whole new meaning when playing in the One Drop tournament. The players have a huge snack bar all laid out near the tables with tea, coffee, crackers, and more all for the taking. Here's what the snack tables at the One Drop tournament look like:

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The players have also been offered free massages all day which many players, including Phil Ivey and Nick Schulman, are taking advantage of.

Photoshop Potential…

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There have been some funny Photoshops popping up on two plus two the last couple of hours. We’ll keep an eye on how it develops. For now, here’s Phil Ivey getting the well-publicized, world record breaking ‘Longest Ever Calf Massage’.

Well You Didn't Expect Them To Walk...

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We snapped this picture of Guy Laliberte's golf cart that himself and some of his high rolling friends ride around the Rio in! In fairness, they only get an hour and a half for dinner, if they have to fit in a $4000 5-course meal in in that time then they want to cut down the commute at either end!

Economic Chip Stacking: Doing It Wrong

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One Drop chip leader Frederic Banjout has an incredibly tilting way of stacking his chips. If he keeps running as well as he has been and adding to his stack, his low wall of ten stacks is going to spread around the whole circumference of the table before the night is out. Banjout, you're allowed to stack them higher!

Calling The Clock: Over/Under

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Justin Bonomo, on the WSOP live stream for the One Drop, spoke about ‘The Phil Ivey Effect’ and how intimidating Ivey can be at the tables. After one hand on the stream where Ivey went in the tank for a few minutes before making a fold versus Ben Lamb, Bonomo told us that yesterday he and some friends had been betting how long it’s been since someone actually called the clock on Phil Ivey, with the line set at 1.8 years.


Calling The Clock On Ivey: Over/Under On 1.8 years?

Toughest Ever Table?

Erik Seidel has since busted
Erik Seidel has since busted

Check out this table from the One Drop: Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, Ben Lamb, Antonio Esfandiari, Eugene Katchalov, Tom Marchese, Noah Schwartz and Vivek Rajkumar. Jason Mercier thinks this is one of the toughest tables he's ever seen, what do you think?


Toughest Ever Table?

In the background of the above photo we can see the blue lights of the 'ThunderDome', the fabulous location of the One Drop final table, and where the current feature table, featuring Guy Laliberte is currently being played. We wonder if the eventual Final Table will be even tougher than the table described above?

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What Do Billionaires Drink?

A cocktail waitress told a member of Team PokerNews just now that earlier she took an order at the One Drop, from an unknown player, for iced coffee. The only other stipulation the man gave was that the ice cubes in the iced coffee had to be made of frozen coffee too. What's the over under on how long that's going to take to make, given that you have to make the coffee, cool it, freeze it with non-specialized equipment, and then put it all together? We'll set the line at 80 minutes..


Over/Under on 80 minutes to bring this drink to the player?

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