WSOP Day 16 Second Update - Weirdness at the Rio and Mike Matusow is at it Again
It is a relatively quiet Saturday night here at the Rio. Well, as quiet as it is going to be with Mike âThe Mouthâ Matusow in the room. I will go more into that in a bit, and give you a few WSOP pictures as well. Both final tables are still going strong. Christine Pietsch is leading the Stud event and is looking to take the first open event title for the women this year. Tex Barch has a 1.1 Million chip lead over his next competitor with four players remaining. The other events are still going strong.
Saturday Night and the Moon is Right
I do think that the bats are a bit in the belfry tonight. The $1,500 PLO final table is on dinner break. Is the dealer taking a break? Apparently not. He is sitting there dealing the flop over, and over, and over again. He deals the flop, adjusts it so it is between the lines of the flop box, scoops them up, and does it again. Itâs the same flop, and over, and over again. I think I might have dream about this tonight. Itâs poker equivalent of the movie Groundhog Day. Iâd go over and ask what is going on, but it is slightly creepy in a way.
My Favorite Matusow
There are three types of Mike âThe Mouthâ Matusow. There is the quiet Matusow. Thatâs the one that plays pretty solid, doesnât speak much, and makes you wonder what type of medication he took. Then there is tilting Matusow. This version of the Mike is the one that is susceptible to his famous âblow-ups.â Finally, there is ranting Matusow. Personally, this is my favorite type of Matusow. He starts ranting on something, and it really can be anything, and by the time he is done, everyone is thoroughly entertained.
Tonight started the $10,000 Omaha 8 or Better World Championship. I went by the event and was doing my typical pic taking and then it started. Jean-Robert Bellande stood up and went âHoly shit Mike! Come check this table out. Look at how juicy it is.â Here is the table he was referring to:
Mike then came over and went, âHoly crap. I thought that I had a great table, but holy crap. Chino! Do you even know how to play Omaha?â He then went back to the table and then stood up and went âThis may be the first time in the history of poker where Steve Zolotow may be the nuts.â
Mike then got into a discussion with Bellande (and the rest of the room really) about who could play at the table and do well because the rest of the table sucked so bad. Dan Harrington was mentioned. Mike said, âHarrington? He doesnât event play Omaha and he might be the 2nd best player at the table.â He then looked over to my friend Mickey âMouseâ Mills and said, âHey Mickey Mouse, you might even be the 2nd best play over on that table.â (Mickey has a WSOP final table in Omaha Hi-Lo.)
A great time was clearly being had by all. Of course, as usual, Mike was have the best laugh:
The night is shaping up to be an interesting one. Tex Barch is trying for his first bracelet and if things stay on track in Stud, we may have our first women bracelet winner of 2010. Iâll be back tomorrow to bring you more continuing coverage from the 2010 World Series of Poker.