When I got to the Amazon Room and looked at the structure yesterday, I knew it was going to be a long day.
"We're probably going to be hear until the hard cap," I told my blogging partner, Eric. One of the WSOP rule changes in 2009 is Rule 96, which states;
On Day 2 for any non-televised/broadband event, play will be suspended at 3 a.m., and will resume the following day at 1 p.m.This is an excellent change, preventing players from having to play ridiculously long Day 2s (and preventing over-worked media types from having to report them). Based on the number of players left in the tournament, I was confident we would have an application of Rule 96 by the end of the night.
At 3am, there were 11 players left in the field. TD Steve Frezer stopped the clock, bagged up the chips and told players to come back today at 1pm. Or maybe 2pm? The players haggled on this point, trying to push the re-start back to 2pm. Frezer was willing to allow it if all players agreed, by Tim Phan and Jeff Lisandro objected. And so 1pm it is.
Once we got to the last two tables and into the money, play really ground down. That's the boredom section of the night. I was playing $10-$20 6-max LHE online while Eric was watching TuffFish videos.
Not much else to say about Day 2. Stud players are either boring or dead. Tomorrow I'll be on a 6-max NLHE tournament, which should provide plenty of fodder for my (and your) amusement.