I've never covered a heads-up event before, but boy was it frantic. Of course, it helps when Phil Ivey is bouncing around the room multi-tasking with different tournaments, but that won't be of any comfort to victim Michael Mizrachi who ended up receiving just two hands for his $10,000 investment.
Meanwhile, the pace continued into Round 2, and three and half hours later the playing area was empty. Saar Wilf and Juan Ramirez were slightly stubborn and threatened to rob your blogging team of their post-match beverages, but when Wilf finally succumbed at the death, we were left with our final 64, all of whom will be taking their newly acquired stack of 120,000 into Round 3.
And what a line-up it is too. We may have lost the likes of Tom "durrrr" Dwan, David Benyamine, John Juanda and reigning WSOP Champ Joe Cada along the way, but flying the flag for the "big names" are renowned pros such as Vanessa Rousso, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Antonio Esfandiari and, of course, Sir. Phil Ivey, who seemed to play rather less hands than his fellow survivors.
Play resumes tomorrow at 3pm with players looking to advance another round and get that much closer to the sparkling, gold bracelet and the lion's share of the $2,406,400 prize pool. There are a plethora of enticing match-ups in store (see below), so be sure to join us, same bat-channel, slightly earlier bat-time. Cheerio.