WSOP Day 28 Second Update - Hellmuth Makes PLO8 Final Table, Don't Hate the Player, and You Said What?
Day 28 of the 2010 WSOP rolls on.Â Phil Hellmuth has made the final table of the $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Event as well as Mandy Thomas.Â She is the 4th different woman to make an open event final table this year.Â Day 2 of the $10,000 HORSE rolls on with John Racener and Carlos Mortensen battling for chip supremacy.Â The latest $1,500 NL Event plays to a final table tonight with Mike Sowers the current chip lead.Â Finally, the $2,500 Mixed Holdem kicked off at 5 p.m. today with a field of 507 players.Â Over half of that field has already been eliminated.
You Said What?
As you may remember, yesterday I talked about how that there was a deal discussion at the final table of the Razz Event.Â This led to a couple of poker media members standing around in front of my section discussing how cool it would be if somehow a 100 player chop was devised in a huge tournament such as the Main Event.
He said âThink about it.Â Even with chopping 100 ways, each player would get at least six figures. Can you imagine how quickly that the bustouts would be after that?â
My reply to this?Â âYeah, and UB can then sponsor the winner.âÂ The people discussing this all just looked at me with big eyes and mouth a bit agape while one just grinned wickedly.
Did I say that?Â Yup.
Donât Hate the Player
I do not get why people are so quick to jump on Phil Hellmuthâs back.Â Ok, I lie.Â I know exactly why people jump on his back.Â The man comes off as a total ass when he is on television.Â He doesnât know how to control himself half of the time and his whole âIâm the best in the worldâ routine does grow old.
Why do I mention this?Â Well, as mentioned earlier, Phil made the final table of the $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Event.Â When he lost a pot, there were fans actually booing him and heckling him.Â Harrahâs floor staff were quick to jump on the fans for this.Â You may not know this, but booing at a featured or final table is prohibited.
In a way, I like Harrahâs policy.Â People play WSOP qualifier tournaments and come to the WSOP to play poker and to win bracelets, not to be booed by fans.Â At the same time, people argue that poker is considered a sport and the players should be treated as such.
Poker is vastly different in one regard.Â The players pay to play the events.Â (Or are backed / sponsored.)Â Pro athletes are not.Â For athletes, it is a job.Â That is not the case for many poker players.Â An athlete will be paid regardless of winning or losing.Â A poker player will not.
At the same time, while Phil can be a monumental asshole at times, he still has 11 bracelets.Â Do you have 11 bracelets?Â If people will not respect the man, respect the accomplishments and what he is trying to accomplish.Â Personally, I look forward to Phil winning another bracelet.Â It is good for poker and the WSOP.
Phil Hellmuth needs a lot of work if he is going to win this bracelet. Nine players remain and he is 7th in chips.Â Of course, anything can happen.Â Will Hellmuth make a comeback and take down bracelet #12?Â Come back tomorrow as we bring you more from the 2010 World Series of Poker.