Dream Team Poker (Day 1) Official Report

Team Tao of Pokerati gunning for the win!

by , Jul 13, 2009 | 1:36 am

Team Tao of Pokerati 2: Lana, Pauly, Dan.

It was a triumph for me individually — I’ve made the money with an about-average stack, and made my first Day 2 ever in any tournament. (Stop laughing.) But from a team perspective … that’s where the real money is, and Team Tao of Pokerati (Dan, Pauly, Lana) is the only team with more than one player remaining. (Pauly, Dan.)

We’re guaranteed a 5th place team finish, and would have to really screw up to not get at least 4th. We need a 15th and 14th place finish individually (or better) to win it outright.

Click below to see the full Nolan-esque official report.



DREAM TEAM POKER WSOP EVENT DAY 1 REPORT
2009 World Series of Poker
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Official Report
No-Limit Hold’em / Dream Team Poker Structure
Buy-in: $500 +60 per person / $1680 per team

Number of players: 366
Number of Teams: 122
Players Remaining: 27
Teams Remaining: 26

Total Net Prize Pool: $177,510
Top Payout Individual: $16,473
Top Payout Team: $33,017

Places Paid Individual: 36
Places Paid Team: 10

July 12-13, 2009

Tournament Highlights

Ø The Dream Team Poker Tournament started with 122 teams and 366 players. Play ended with 27 players remaining representing 26 teams.

Ø One team, Tao of Pokerati, has 2 players remaining and is the favorite to take the top team prize of $33,017 to split between the three team members

Ø There were 59 women entered into the tournament, comprising more than 16% of the entire field.

Ø There were 3 all-women teams in the event:

Kegslist.info (lead by Lacey Jones)
Tush Pushers (lead by Pam Brunson)
Wicked Chops Poker II (Lead by London Gallagher)

Ø There were 15 teams who played in the DTP WSOP event that also played in the DTP Caesars event in March 2009. These teams were:

Hellmuth Busters
Bluff Magazine
Wicked Chops Poker
Poker Road.com
Tao of Pokerati
Los Chingones
6Hands 4Nuts & a Rack (Jerry Yang)
The Maven VT (3 teams)
PicClub.com
West Coast Rounders
USA Rounders
BPC

Ø Chip Leader Rob Diaz, from Team Reckless goes into Day 2 with $332,000 in chips. Rob is a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2003 and 2004-2005. He learned to play poker while in Iraq. He is currently a full-time student at DePaul University in Sacramento, CA and a part time police officer.

Ø Rob was a last minute substitution to Team Reckless when fellow teammate Ryan Gray’s uncle could not make the trip. Rob flew to Las Vegas at the last minute to play in the Dream Team Poker Event. This is his first time playing a live tournament in a casino.

Ø More than 30 professionals played the Dream Team Poker WSOP Event including:

David Williams, Evelyn Ng, Justin Bonomo (Team Bodog)
Barry Greenstein, Joe Stapleton (Team PokerRoad.com)
Gavin Smith (Team Zurvive)
Pam Brunson (Tush Pushers)
Liz Lieu (ChiliPoker)
Jerry Yang, Christina Lindley, Eric Aude (Team Six Hands, Four Nutz, and a
Rack OnTilt)
Marsha Waggoner, James Worth, Young Phan (Team True Poker)
Barbara Enright, Paul Darden and David Levi (Team Bookmaker Poker)
David Chicotsky, Lauren Kling (Team TheMaven VT 1)
Kenna James (Poker Host)
Susie Isaacs (Team Simpletrak)
Bryan Micon, Dustin Woolf (Team Neverwinpoker.com)
Tom McEvoy (Magic Dragons)
Captain Tom Franklin, TJ Cloutier (Captain Krunch)
Lacey Jones, Christina Hall (Kegslist.info)
Maureen Feduniak (Jersey Girls)
Thor Hansen, Yosh Naknano (Team IPPA Tour)
Matt Savage (Slightly Above Saverage)
Men “The Master” Nguyen (MenMaster)
Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, Rick Fuller (Bike.com)
Amir Vahedi (team Picclub)
Jose Canseco ()

Player Quotes

Jerry Yang (2007 World Series of Poker Champion)
This was my second DTP event. I came back because I like the format and the excitement of the tournament. The competition is different in the DTP event, I get to play for my team rather than just myself.”

Lacey Jones (Professional Poker Player/ Model / Actress)
“This is my third time playing a Dream Team Poker event and I have had the most fun playing these events than any other poker tournament. I can’t think of any better way to enjoy the game of poker than to play with your friends and have them cheer you on!”

Side note: Lacey Jones captained “Team Lacey” to win the 1st place team prize in the Dream Team Poker / World Series of Poker Media Event on July 9th.

Tom McEvoy (World Series of Poker Champion)
“I love the Dream Team Poker structure! I played in March and finished on the final table. In a Dream Team Poker event, you want to try harder because you don’t want to let your teammates down. You try to stay alive as long as possible for them, its not just about yourself, you try to maximize your team’s result.”

Side note: Tom played the Dream Team Poker event at Caesars Palace in March 2009. He made the final table finishing in 6th place

Eric Morris (Publisher, Bluff Magazine)
“Dream Team Poker is the most fun I have ever had with my clothes on! This is a great time, great people, why wouldn’t you play!”

Side Note: Bluff Magazine won the inaugural Dream Team Poker event in March 2009. His video editor Marc Rizzo won the top individual prize at the Dream Team Poker / WSOP Media event on July 9, 2009

Valerie Palermo – Member of Team Hellmuth Busters
“The first time I played in the Dream Team Poker Event in March I had so much fun that I had to come back again. I loved the team based atmosphere and the structure. I have found that the players are more friendly and fun, it seems less stressful and tense than a regular tournament.”

Side Note: Valerie’s team “The Hellmuth Busters” played the Dream Team Poker Event in March at Caesars Palace. The team finished in the money taking the 5th place team prize for $6660.

End of Day 1 Chip Counts

DREAM TEAM POKER at WSOP®DAY 1 CHIP COUNTS

12-Jul-09

Place

TEAM NAME

FIRST

LAST

CHIP TD

TABLE

SEAT

1

Reckless

Roberto

Diaz

332,000

225

9

2

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Jordan

Hill

252,000

224

1

3

Machine Team

Ricardo

Felix Matos

235,000

224

2

4

2 Kings

Matthew

Woodward

220,000

223

8

5

Min Cash Masters

Peter

Marvo

193,000

225

4

6

NLP FREE

Adam

Wege

177,000

225

5

7

The Maven VT 2

Peter

Lubrano

165,000

223

9

8

Tao of Pokerati

Paul

McGuire

158,000

225

6

9

Poker Host

Kenna

James

140,000

224

5

10

Those Guys

Bryan

Kessler

133,000

223

7

11

Wicked Chops Poker II

Terresa

Gallagher

125,000

225

2

12

The Maven VT 3

James

Page

124,000

223

4

13

Tao of Pokerati

Daniel

Michalski

113,000

225

3

14

Juzni Vetar

Bojan

Miljkovic

100,000

224

4

15

TeamPoker

Glyn

Ottofy

95,000

224

7

16

The Donkey Show

Brad

Tolliver

87,000

223

6

17

Poker Blazers

Andrew

Colas

82,000

224

8

18

Team Puerto Rico

Maximilian

Gsottschneider

81,000

223

2

19

Sinistrals

Michael

Shackelford

79,000

223

3

20

Team HTP

Mary Jo

Zogman

60,000

224

9

21

Diaboloco’s

Omar

Vachhani

46,000

225

7

22

The Home Gamers

John

Sayre

40,000

225

1

23

Team Simpletrak

Michelle

Richey

37,000

223

5

24

BOSS

Antonio

Ferreira

37,000

224

6

25

The Hangover

David

Hornsby

n/a

225

8

26

SOCRR

Judy

Tejwani

n/a

223

1

27

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

Stephen

Nelson

n/a

224

3

Official Payout Structure

Total Prize Pool

$177,510

Team Prize Pool

$106,506

Team place

Team pay out

1st

$33,017

2nd

$18,106

3rd

$10,651

4th

$7,988

5th

$7,455

6th

$6,923

7th

$6,390

8th

$5,858

9th

$5,325

10th

$4,793

Individual Prize Pool

$71,004

IND. Place

IND. Pay out

1st

$16,473

2nd

$7,810

3rd

$5,680

4th

$4,260

5th

$3,621

6th

$3,160

7th

$2,485

8th

$1,775

9th

$1,598

10th

$1,598

11th

$1,527

12th

$1,420

13th

$1,420

14th

$1,420

15th

$1,243

16th

$1,243

17th

$1,065

18th

$1,065

19th

$710

20th

$710

21st

$710

22nd

$710

23rd

$710

24th

$710

25th

$710

26th

$710

27th

$710

28th

$639

29th

$639

30th

$639

31st

$639

32nd

$639

33rd

$639

34th

$639

35th

$639

36th

$639




5 Comments to “Dream Team Poker (Day 1) Official Report ”


  1. Big D
    says:

    Thanks for the post. I was looking for this information.


  2. Johnny Hughes
    says:

    For me, this is more exciting than the main event. One-Eyed Dan must be really playing good, cash games and tourney. Pauly can lay down some solid Hold ’em in Personality #3.


  3. Bundas
    says:

    Well I have to say Good Luck Team Pokerati !!!!

    I am just a little surprised Dan is one of the team members remaining.. After reading his posts over the past years I had him pegged as the weakest player on the team…

    Well I guess it like when your at a table with a drunk that keeps hitting one outer or hitting runner runner.. (I’m kidding Dan)

    Good Luck !! go Team !


  4. DanM
    says:

    fwiw, i have gotten lucky once (against minh nguyen) and unlucky about 5 times … but stlll am in ok position.

    i guess you could say lucky twice when i tripled up with AKs > AQs > QQ (shorter stack).


  5. StB
    says:

    Good luck today! Love live TaoofPokerati!