(Way) Outside the WSOP (Media+Casino Employee Tournament)

by , Jul 7, 2008 | 7:40 am

Play ended early Monday morning with just over 1,350 surviving to day 2b of the Main Event on Wednesday. The leader for the day appears to be Dylan Linde with about 146,000 in chips. Others near the top include David Oppenheim, Travis Rice, Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Aaron Kanter, Nikolay Evdakov, Cliff “Johnny Bax” Josephy, and Phil Hellmuth.

The question that greets the tournament staff tomorrow is how to handle the vast disparity in the size of days 2a and 2b. Play is scheduled to be 5 levels for both day 2’s, but with day 2a having 1,251 playing compared to day 2b’s nearly 2,400, it should be interesting to see how this is handled to get the field combined into day 3 on Thursday, then play down to the money later that day.

Monday is a day of rest for the players, but today the media gets their chance to play for charity. First they have to endure the WSOP press conference at 11am, followed by lunch, then the tournament at 1pm. At 12 noon, the Casino Employees event starts as the various dealers, floor staff, props, and other poker room personnel get their chance at a bracelet for just $500. Starting with just 2,000 in chips and blinds at 25/50, the chips will be flying and the eliminations will be swift.

More posts during the day as events warrant…


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