Friday, June 05, 2009

2009 WSOP, Day 9: Count On It

Another 14 hours or so in the Rio yesterday, live blogging for PokerNews the second day of Event No. 10, the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha. Day started with 99 players, and the idea had been to play down to the final nine. But we knew we wouldn’t be getting there by 3 a.m. -- the time beyond which according to Rule No. 96 no non-televised Day 2 will extend.

(Actually, the final table of Event No. 10 is on the schedule to be streamed live over on Bluff today, but I’m not sure if that will be the case or not.)

We started at 2 p.m. yesterday. After two levels (by 4:30 p.m.), we were down to 66. Took four more levels, with an hour-long dinner break in between, to get to 33. That was about 10 p.m. A couple of levels later we were at 20, and at 1:30 a.m. we were down to 18. Then we didn’t have a single bustout after that.

So there will be 18 playing down to one today. Just as we were counting on a long one yesterday, we’ll be doing the same today. Barring some decision to carry this sucker onto a fourth day (doubtful), this one is bound to last into the wee hours, for sure.

Phil Ivey wins sixth bracelet, as streamed live on BluffNot sure how many were following our coverage last night, as I’m guessing most were more frequently checking in on Phil Ivey’s successful quest to win his sixth WSOP bracelet over in Event No. 8, the $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball. We were occasionally looking in on that one, too, often checking the live blog as well as Bluff’s streaming of the event once it got down to heads up between Ivey and John Monnette.

Those who did follow our coverage of Event No. 10 were able to track the event very closely, as we had a couple of bloggers (FerricRamsium and myself), and three solid field reporters (Mickey, Neil, and Mark) -- plenty of eyes to capture much of the action. Mickey has a particular ability and predilection for chip counting, and so we were able to keep those figures accurately updated throughout the night.

At one point in the evening, Mickey was asking me about where he could see B.J. Nemeth’s WSOP photo blog over on PokerRoad. Someone had told him there was a picture of him on there, and he wanted to see it. I told him where to go -- just click on the “PokerRoad Nation” tab on the site’s main page and go to “Photo Blog” -- and soon he found his picture.

Mickey double-checks his workAs Mickey was looking at the picture of himself counting chips during a break at the final table of Event No. 6, the $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud event, I noticed him lean forward with his pen and again start counting the chips on the screen. Couldn’t help but smile at the sight of him going back over his work.

I quickly tapped the shoulder of FerricRamsium, an excellent photographer as well as blogger, who was sitting on my other side. I told him he had to get a picture of Mickey, and he obliged.

We got a good laugh out of the pic. As I told Pokerati Dan, who wandered over to our corner of media row somewhere around 2 a.m., it’s a conceptual piece.

“What do you mean?” asked Dan, a bit incredulously.

“It depicts the postmodern condition,” I explained. “We are watching ourselves -- or trying to, anyway. Mickey’s double-checking of his work is an emblem of our constant uncertainty, our need to reestablish meaning for our lives and our inability not to second-guess...”

Dan shook his head. “Someone has been working too long,” he responded. I persisted. “The conceptual depth of this picture is so extensive I cannot possibly explain it in... in... in 140 characters.”

Dan laughed and went back up to his spot on the other end of media row.

What are you doing?I was just kidding around, but I thought again of that maddening question Twitter keeps asking us, over and over and over again: “What are you doing?” And the empty box that appears underneath. How do we fill it up?

Hopefully with something fun and meaningful. I know that’s how I filled it last night.

See how I answer the question today by following our coverage of the final two tables over on PokerNews.

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