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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

Only 28 players remain in Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Here are the odds of some of the notables courtesy of the Rio Sports book:

Victoria Coren: 7/1
Lee Childs: 14/1
Bryan Piccioli: 6/1
Max Steinberg: 14/1
Age Ravn: 21/1
Getty Mattingsley: 35/1
Matthew Graham: 17/1
Ryan Hughes: 8/1

One Drop Table Draws: Day 2

 Table 445 
1Frederic Banjout7,070,000
2Chamath Palihapitiya635,000
3John Morgan2,000,000
4Ilya Bulychev1,880,000
5Paul Newey3,225,000
6Mike Sexton5,740,000
7Vivek Rajkumar1,270,000
 Table 446 
1Cary Katz2,785,000
2Bill Perkins885,000
3Guy Laliberté6,555,000
4Phil Galfond445,000
5Tom Dwan4,810,000
6Daniel Negreanu470,000
7Mikhail Smirnov4,680,000
 Table 447 
1Tobias Reinkemeier1,220,000
2Noah Schwartz3,120,000
3Richard Yong3,430,000
4Bob Bright3,880,000
5Jason Mercier4,210,000
6Roland De Wolfe2,960,000
7David Einhorn3,795,000
8Phil Ruffin3,750,000
 Table 448 
1Gus Hansen6,800,000
2Haralabos Voulgaris2,250,000
3Brian Rast10,710,000
4Philipp Gruissem3,600,000
5Bobby Baldwin4,225,000
6Rick Salomon3,285,000
7Phil Ivey2,840,000
8Phil Hellmuth8,395,000
 Table 449 
1Antonio Esfandiari6,880,000
2Sam Trickett6,700,000
3Dan Shak3,190,000
4Tom Marchese3,740,000
5Brandon Steven4,770,000
6Ben Lamb5,770,000
7Talal Shankerchi2,760,000


Which Table Is The Toughest?


Galfond Look Alike

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We had to do a double take when we came across this player. Did Phil Galfond bust the One-Drop and jump in the Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em? Fortunately for Galfond, it was just a look alike. What do you guys think?


Does He Look Like Phil Galfond?

One-Drop Analysis: Jason Somerville

Jason Somerville pictured on left
Jason Somerville pictured on left

One great aspect of the One-Drop is the revolving door of poker pros joining play-by-play commentator David Tuchman in the booth. Today they’re covering table 448, featuring Gus Hansen, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. Yesterday we spoke to Olivier Busquet and this afternoon we were fortunate enough to catch up with Jason Somerville at the break to get his impressions of the play thus far.

“It’s been pretty crazy. First off it’s great just being here and having the chance to commentate on such a big event,” exclaimed Somerville. “Gus (Hansen) has been playing a lot of hands. The {j-}{10-}--{a-}{k-} hand was a standard spot (based on dynamics). Philipp Gruissem is a real threat. He’s not intimidated at all by the table draw at all. He’s a sicko. I’ve played with him before.”

We'll be sure to catch up with any subsequent pros that join Tuchman in the booth.

ESPN Live Telecast Of One-Drop

We spoke to ESPN director Phil Smith and ESPN producer Dan Gati about what viewers can expect for the live telecast of the One-Drop.

“We’re treating it with the respect it deserves. It’s a unique charitable event,” Gati said. “Can the pro poker players beat the multi-millionaire amateurs?”

Smith provided us with details of the telecast.

ESPN2 will air the final table tomorrow at 4:00 PM EST. When the action gets to four handed there will be a one-hour break, then coverage will switch to ESPN and will continue ‘till a winner is crowned. Viewers will also be able to watch on ESPN3 as well. Norman Chad and Lon McEachern will be providing play-by-play along with, a yet to be determined, poker pro. In addition, Kara Scott and Olivier Busquet will be providing sideline reporting during the breaks.

Busquet pictured on left.  Scott pictured on right.
Busquet pictured on left. Scott pictured on right.

One-Drop Snack Time: Part 2

It’s a new day, which means a new spread. Yesterday we reported of the snacks made available to the players. Here are pictures of today’s:

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A Taste For Timex

We spoke to Mike 'Timex' McDonald in the One Drop spectators stand this afternoon, to see what he thinks of the event, who's he's pulling for and why he isn't playing himself.

"I think the event seems really cool. It's nuts how well the amateurs are doing, all the pros are busting and now it's mostly amateurs left. There's probably nine pros left, I don't know where to place Haralabos Voulgaris, I guess he's one of the ones who's right on the cusp of professional poker player."

"I have a piece of Tom Marchese, so it's sweet that he's just doubled up. I'm pretty excited about that. It's just a taste. I'd like to play this, and sell lots of pieces, but the truth is, between the rake and Canadian taxes I just don't think anyone would want to buy a piece of me. If I wasn't from Canada I would play for sure."

Cash Game Watch

After Tom 'durrrr' Dwan, Phil Ivey and Phil Galfond busted this afternoon, we swung by the high-limit cash game area in the Pavilion room is the desperate hope that the aforementioned players we're playing 2000/4000/8000 PLO. While we didn't see any of these guys, we did see some big action with Vanessa Selbst and Liv Boeree playing on one table of No-Limit Hold'em and Huck Seed and Ashton 'ashman' Griffin playing No-Limit Hold'em on the other. We'll swing by in a few minutes and try to find out the stakes, and snap a sneaky picture...

Hellmuth On Tilt

The real show begins now. Phil Hellmuth just lost a bit pot to Brian Rast and is muttering away to himself now. Here’s a transcript of some some of his mutterings.

“My turns coming buddy…”

“You hit a runner runner, float me on the flop… you float ME on the flop??”

“I’m not gonna give you action for the rest of the day Rast, I’m gonna wait.”

“How much do you bluff off if the draw misses, a million? I call any amount you know.”

“You do everything wrong, and you have all the chips… you get QQ, KK twice…”

Rast quips:

“You got AA versus KK”

And Hellmuth responds:

“Yeah but I’m steady Brian, I’m steady…”

Seems Phil is anything but steady right now, and another beat might just set him off. Stay tuned.


Okay, so we may have been way off the mark with our Phil Galfond look alike from earlier, but we'll try to redeem ourselves with this one. Fans of the TV show Breaking Bad are familiar with Walter White's (played by actor Bryan Cranston) alter ego "Heisenberg." We spotted this player who we think resembles him

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Does He Look Like Heisenberg?

Sights in Event: 56 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

There’s been plenty of coverage of the One Drop but there’s lots of interesting stuff going on in other events as well. Here are some sights seen in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.

Here's Andy Black, fifth place finisher in the 2005 WSOP Main Event:

Andy Black
Andy Black

Jennifer "Bride of Chucky" Tilly:

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We spotted Team PokerStars Pro Mickey Petersen multi-tasking poker along with some sort of iPad game:

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Finally, we spotted one of the tackiest hoodies we've come across thus far:

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Being Warm > Looking Cool

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It can get a bit nippy here in the Rio. Your PokerNews heroes often bring a sweater to work to protect against the evening chill that can blow down the corridors. Check out this woman in Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, who brought a hoodie and an actual blanket into the Brasilia room, which isn't even the coldest room here #Don'tPlayTheDailyDeepStackLady #NewIceAgeInPavilionRoom.

PokerNews Well Represented

Here’s Senior News Editor Chad Holloway, in his infamous bird shirt, and Senior staff writer and producer Rich Ryan both in Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

Chad Holloway
Chad Holloway

Rich Ryan
Rich Ryan

If you haven't done so, check out Holloway's latest article on the One-Drop here and you can listen to Ryan on our PokerNews podcast here.


After a full month of banter, this hashtag has finally had it's crowning achievement - an inclusion in Jason Mercier's tweet about the biggest pot yet in the One Drop.

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Bricks on Bricks on Bricks

Ever seen $48 Million in cash? Neither have we.
Ever seen $48 Million in cash? Neither have we.

This fat stack of cash is sitting out in front of the One Drop main feature table. We're 90% sure it's not real, but you never know. It's almost impossible to get into the live viewing area for One Drop unless you are family, friends or media, and we've all seen elaborate heist plans to take large sums of money.

If the cash is in fact real, we expect it to be "Oceans Elevened" very soon.

Golf Cart Sighting!

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We've been keeping a close eye on our rich friends rallying around the Rio in their golf cart. On today's dinner break we snapped a pic of Asian business man Richard Yong flying down the hallways with his chauffeur and body guards in tow. Wonder where they were head off to? We'll try to find out after break!

And they're gone...
And they're gone...

The Human Grape

If you've seen the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," then you remember the scene where Violet Beauregard blows up and turns into a giant violet ball.

We saw this gentleman playing in Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, and he looked a bit like a giant grape to us. He was wearing a purple hat, with purple shades, coupled with a purple shirt, and a purple bracelet.

We're Coining This One "The Grapefit"
We're Coining This One "The Grapefit"

What do you think?

Jared Tendler Podcast

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Here's a pic of our lovable hostess Kristy Arnett interviewing Jared Tendler for the Strategy With Kristy podcast. Among other topics, Jared discusses his upcoming second book, which we're all very excited about her at PokerNews. Tune in to the podcast this wednesday for more details.

Richard Yong in PJs

We couldn't go the whole day without making a comment on businessman Richard Yong's outfit.

Richard Yong decided to show up to One Drop today in PJs pants and sandals.
Richard Yong decided to show up to One Drop today in PJs pants and sandals.

Yong looks like he just rolled out of bed today. He was wearing a pair of pajama pants along with a t-shirt and flip-flops. Our question is, "How to show up to a million dollar tournament dressed for a nap?"

Shia LeBeouf and Jared Tendler?

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The PokerNews team is divided over whether Jared Tendler Looks Like Shia LeBeouf. Obviously Jared is a little older and his post flop lines a little more mentally optimal, but we really think there's a strong facial connection here. Are we reaching?


Does Jared Tendler Look Like Shia LeBeouf?

There may, or may not, be money riding on the outcome of this poll...

Poker License Plates

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Check out the latest addition to the Muck Poker License Place hall of fame, this Indiana license plate reads 'Shuffle Up'.

What a Birthday!

Some of Sam Trickett's railbirds brought him a cake for his birthday that some of the players have been eating throughout the day.

Mmmm. It even has gold coins in it!
Mmmm. It even has gold coins in it!

Trickett is currently second in chips in the One Drop tournament. Must be nice to run that well on your birthday.

The Biggest Bubble In Poker History

We just caught the bursting of the biggest bubble in poker history as Ilya Bulychev was just eliminated from Event #55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Bulychev was eliminated by Sam Trickett after he caught a flush draw but failed to hit on the turn or river.

Here's what bursting a $1,000,000 bubble looks like:

Before the bubble burst
Before the bubble burst
Bulychev awaiting his fate as the flop turn and river are dealt
Bulychev awaiting his fate as the flop turn and river are dealt
After the bubble was burst
After the bubble was burst

Even Bulychev was all smiles after the bubble was burst. He happily shook hands with every player and it seemed as if there was no hard feelings between the bunch.

"Now I'm free rolling," Antonio Esfandiari said after the elimination. "I can't lose now. Freeroll.! Weeeee!"

Action will continue in the Big One until one more player is eliminated and will resume tomorrow with the live airing of the ESPN final table.

Richard Yong is a Funny Guy

Richard Yong is quite the character. We've seen him do several odd things while playing in the Big One for One Drop. Of course, first we mentioned his outfit earlier. Next, during one hand, Yong got a phone call after he had three bet. He proceeded to try to hide his phone, then answer it, while he was still in the hand, before he was asked to stop by the floor staff.

We've also seen him traveling around the Rio on a golf cart as well. Last but not least, something we noticed, but weren't quite able to get a picture of. We saw that Yong has a checker print painted on his left big toe. Why? Who knows, but it's not on any of his other toes.

He also bears a slight resemblance to a certain character in a certain movie trilogy about a certain ring
He also bears a slight resemblance to a certain character in a certain movie trilogy about a certain ring

That being said, Yong seems to be having a great time for his money as he has just recently cashed for at least $1.3 million.

Million Dollar Banter

Earlier in the day we showed you the birthday cake that Sam Trickett was given by his friends. Trickett and Antonio Esfandiari just had a little bit of banter about the subject, but to tell the truth, one could write a book about the banter that goes on at a million dollar final table.

"How's it feel kid?" Esfandiari asked.

Trickett shrugged, as if he didn't know what Esfandiari was talking about.

"How's it feel to know that you're the favorite? You've got all the chips. You're a favorite to win," Esfandiari continued.

"It is my birthday," Trickett responded.

"Nobody ever wins anything on their birthday," Esfandiari retorted in jest. "No, I can't say that. I won a WPT on my birthday!"

Trickett is now 26 years old as his birthday has just ended minutes ago and he's getting one of the best presents anyone could ask for, a 1/8 shot at $18 million.

Birthday Boy Sam Trickett
Birthday Boy Sam Trickett

Noticeably Absent

There was a lot of drama surrounding who would, and who wouldn't play the Big One for One Drop. Much of it was caused by the 48 player cap on the event, but twitter also stirred up much controversy with players looking to be backed for the event, and reports of players who would play or not play.

One of the most startling developments in the One Drop registration controversy though, was the announcement that Jean-Robert Bellande would in fact be playing in the event.

Where are you JRB?
Where are you JRB?

Well Bellande did not in fact play the one drop, citing the excuse that he could only come up with half of the entry. Here is his tweet:

Jean-Robert BellandeNo One drop for me. Even after a 500k commitment pulled up... I still came within 300k of making it.

Sadly, that was all she wrote for the Bellande saga as it would've been very nice to see him on the One Drop Felt. Mainly because he is so good.


Just kidding JRB.

Can You See With Those Things On: Day 36

We wanted to bring you one more gift before we closed up shop for the night, and here it is. We saw this gentleman playing in Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em wearing a pair of gold framed shades. That coupled with the beard made him one of the coolest players we saw in the field today.

The man with the golden... glasses?
The man with the golden... glasses?

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