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July 8, 2007 - July 14, 2007

Huck Seed Doesn't Win 2007 WSOP Main Event + The Big Names Who Are Still Left

We've been picking Huck Seed to win a big event since the life of this "blog." So far, it hasn't happened. But the 1996 Main Event champ made a deep run this year, just recently eliminated in 73rd place, banking $130,288.

With under 70 players remaining, some "name pros" who still have a shot include: Lee Watkinson, Scotty Nguyen, Bill Edler, Daniel Alaei, Julian Gardner, John Spadavecchia, Kirk Morrison, and Gus Hansen.

UPDATE: Some of the big names are falling off now. Julian Gardner is out in 64th. Gas Hansen was eliminated in 61st. And John Spadavecchia is done in 60th.

Edler and Alaei are both short-stacked.

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Oh Yeah, Humberto Brenes Is Still Alive

HumbertobrenesListen, we are sometimes a little hard on Humberto Brenes. It's possible we often place the words "insufferably annoying" before his name. Not sure why, because we secretly like his "Humbbbbeeeeerrrrrtoooo!" all-in's and possibly do that on occasion during the WCP Weekly home game.

But like we begrudgingly gave Robert Fucking Varkonyi his due (sort of) yesterday, we'd be remiss not to mention that Brenes has made yet another deep run in the WSOP Main Event.

He's got almost $5M in career tournament earnings. He finished 36th in last year's WSOP ME. He finished 41st in 2003. He finished 25th in 2000. 26th in 1990. 4th in 1988. He has two WSOP bracelets.

Brenes is currently stacked over 1.3M. He's making another run. So what the hell, let's give it up for...HUMBERRRRRTOOOO!

FIVE MINUTES LATER UPDATE: Humberto Brenes busted right about as we hit "publish" on this post. Thanks for nothing, Humberto.

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It's All Up to Maria Ho

Mariohobodog_2With the elimination of housewife Kelly Jo McGlothlin (95th place), Maria Ho, a woman, is now the only woman remaining in the 2007 WSOP field.

Ho is stacked at 1,115,000.

Other recent eliminations include unclassifiable Dario Minieri, as well as Lorenzo Lamas and Isaac Haxton.

We're now under 100 players remaining.

UPDATE: Mario Ho has signed on with Bodog. Pre-Bodog Ho pic after the jump.

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2007 WSOP Day 5: Early Movers

Wsop Some big movers early on in Day 5:

:: Avi Cohen is the new chip leader, approaching 5M.

:: Gus Hansen has moved up around 1.5M.

:: Huck Seed is approaching 2M.

:: Bill Edler doubled up and is over 900k.

:: Daniel Alaei is over a mil, stacked at 1,100,000.

:: And scarf-wearing Dario Minieri is down to 900k.

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Women Continue Their Dominance of WSOP Main Event

Mariaho5503For the 37th straight year, women continue to dominate the field in the WSOP Main Event.

In fact, with 112 players remaining, there are no less than 2 woman left in the 2007 WSOP Main Event field: Kelly Jo McGlothlin, a woman, and Maria Ho (at right), a woman.

This impressive showing comes on the heels of Sabyl Cohen's remarkable 56th place finish last year, and Tiffany Williamson's miraculous 15th place finish in 2005.

There is a debate among poker media whether or not to bump this impressive tally up to three woman, as many are still unsure how to classify scarf-wearing Dario Minieri.

Stay tuned as we track Ho and McGlothlin's historic progress.

* Image from Poker Pages.

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A Bunch of Foreigners Doing Well at 2007 WSOP

EuropemapDay 4 has wrapped with 112 players remaining. Holding on to the chip lead is Dag Martin Mikkelsen (Stavanger, Norway) with 3,740,000. He's followed by Charis Anastasiou (Limassol, Cyprus) who is stacked at 2,672,000.

Among the top 25 chip leaders include Alex Kravchenko (Moscow, Russia), Richard Harris (U.K.), Tuan Lam (Ontario, Canada), Sven Heinecker (Hamburg, Germany), Nicolas Atlan (Paris, France), Julian Gardner (Manchester, England), Phillip Yeh (Sweden), Steffan Mattsson (Umea, Sweden), Hoa Nguyen (originally from Asia), Gus Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark), and Josh Evans (Allen, Texas).

And let's not forget about the diminutive scarf wearer, Dario Minieri, who is still strong at 1,400,000.

Of the American contingent still big stacked, we have Lee Watkinson (1,860,000), past WSOP ME champ and WCP fave Huck Seed (1,546,000), John Spadavecchia (1,428,000), Kirk Morrison (1,393,000), Daniel Alaei (1,219,000), technically not American but WCP fave and former champ Scotty Nguyen (1,175,000), Lorenzo Lamas (860,000), Isaac Haxton (804,000), and Jared Hamby (645,000).

Get full chip counts here.

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Dag Martin Mikkelsen Has Three Million Chips

Safe to say no one is running away with the WSOP this year like Jamie Gold did in 2006.

Someone finally crossed the three million chip barrier: Dag Martin Mikkelsen. Hevad "Rain" Khan is second overall with 2.5M.

Some big names still in and doing well include Huck Seed (1,600,000), Lee Watkinson (1,507,000), Kirk Morrison (1,370,000), Isaac Haxton (1,209,000), Scotty Nguyen (1,030,000), and Gus Hansen (1M).

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Breaking: Apocalypse Avoided, Varkonyi Busts

We had to see it with our own eyes to know for sure that we, as a race, are safe.

And we did.

Robert Fucking Varkonyi just busted from the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

Sleep well, planet Earth. Sleep well.

* At the same time as Varkonyi's bust, Peter Feldman doubled up. What does this mean? We don't know...yet. But it could mean something.

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Five Former Main Event Champs Still Alive

Not that we care about this kind of shit, but five former WSOP Main Event champs are still alive with about 225 players remaining: Carlos Mortensen, Huck Seed, Robert Fucking Varkonyi, Berry Johnston, and Scotty Nguyen.

That's all we got. So watch this promo of High Stakes Golf where Erick Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Sheikhan, and Gavin Smith wager a ton of money against each other on...golf.

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Tobey Maguire Looks Like a Lemur, Busts Out

Tobeymaguire1At right is one of the only photos of Tobey Maguire from the 2007 WSOP Main Event where he isn't covering his face. And for what it's worth, if we didn't know that was Tobey Maguire, and we saw this guy in a dark alley, we'd fucking run. Fast.

As one of poker's biggest and best celeb player, Maguire once again refused to be photographed or interviewed during his WSOP run. He turned down the opportunity to be at the ESPN featured table with Sully Erna. He tried to dodge every photograph, even as Tobeymaghis deep run increasingly became a legitimate news story. He also turned down requests (via his publicist) for interviews.

It's unfortunate for poker, as Maguire's celebrity and skills could bring the game a bundle of positive media attention and credibility.

He busted out in 292 place, banking $39,445. Godsmack singer Sully Erna just busted as well, earning his second straight Main Event cash.

In related news, Lemurs make up the infraorder Lemuriformes and are members of a class of primates known as prosimians . This type of primate was considered the evolutionary predecessor of simians: monkeys and apes, however this classification is not phylogenetically 'valid'. Three of the four prosimians are in the suborder Strepsirrhini, which is not the same suborder as monkeys and apes, suborder Haplorrhini. The term "lemur" is derived from the Latin word lemures, meaning "spirits of the night," and likely refers to the large, reflective eyes which many of the nocturnal lemur species have. The term is generically used for the members of the four lemuriform families, but it is also the genus of one of the lemuriform species, the Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta). The two so-called flying lemur species are not lemurs, nor are they even primates.

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2007 WSOP Main Event: A Euro Who Wears Scarves Is Chip Leader

Dariominieri5503There are 337 players remaining going into Day 4 of the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Leading the way is this guy to the right, Dario Minieri. Right now you're probably thinking to yourself, "Hmm, this guy has gotta be from Europe. Or San Franscico (Cuba District). Or possibly Midtown Atlanta. Or according to a google search the Entities really hope their wives don't stumble upon, Davie Village in Vancouver, Greenwich Village in NYC, or um, Boystown in Chicago.

Anyway, for those of you who thought "European," you are correct. Minieri hails (Caesar) from Rome, Italy. He's stacked at 2,398,000. The next closest in the field is Jeff Weiss, stacked at 1,533,000.

Plenty of big names are still around. Our favorite table (29) of Day 4 includes Peter "Nordberg" Feldman (284,000), Carlos Mortensen (284,000), and Darrell "Deep" Dicken (215,000).

Other notables include at table 30, Atlantan Matthew Hilger (310,000); at table 33 Tobey Maguire (131,000); Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon (172,000) is at table 36; at table 37 is Gus Hansen (1,044,000); international man of mystery Tinten Oliver (115,000) is at table 41; at table 44 is Humberto Brenes (210,000); Hasan Habib is at table 53 (127,000); at table 59 are Daniel Alaei (299,000) and Scotty Nguyen (321,000); 62 is another killer table with "The American Dream" Bill Edler (673,000), Robert Fucking Varkonyi (424,000), and Jared Hamby (379,000); old-timers Berry Johnston (203,000), Tuna Lund (68,000), and Billy Baxter (105,00) are at table 65; Jason Lester (439,000) is at table 69; Howard Stern's love-child Isaac Haxton (791,000) is at table 70; Huck Seed (544,000) is at table 72; and at table 75 are Lorenzo Lamas (454,000) and Thor Hansen (342,000).

* Image from Poker Pages.

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Like the Movie Fast and Furious, Bust-Outs Are Fast and Furious After Bubble Bursts + Will ESPN Put Tobey Maguire at the Featured Table?

What a painful headline that was.

Took awhile, but the bubble finally burst for the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Everyone remaining will bring home at least $20k. Some early bust-outs since the bubble burst included Gavin Smith and Tony Hachem.

Not a pre-bubble bust or post-bubble burst for that matter is one Robert Fucking Varkonyi. Listen, we've been a bit rough on this guy for awhile. So we'll give him his due, at least for a day (likely our last day on Earth, mind you), and give him a cool sounding name, aka, Robert Fucking Varkonyi.

Other notables that made it to the money include David Williams' mom Shirley, who is still alive with around 150k. Both Tobey Maguire, who is still pulling his shielding face from camera crap from two years ago, and Sully Erna from Godsmack, who has impressively cashed in two straight Main Events.

The big question now is: Will ESPN make Tobey and Sully's the featured table?

Maguire has an agreement with ESPN that he will NOT be put on camera unless he makes a deep run into the tournament. With this cashing and his pairing with another celeb in Sully, now would be a good time to pull the trigger. What a boost for poker to have a major A-list (and respected) player in Maguire to be featured along with well-known rocker Erna.

Big stacks big names right now include overall chip leader Robert Nehorayan (1M), Huck Seed (676k), Gus Hansen (670k), Peter "Nordberg" Feldman (585k), Darrell "Deep" Dicken (550k), Carlos Mortensen (510k), and Bill Edler (410k).

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2007 WSOP Day 2b: Big Name Survivors and The Potential End of the World

While we're still a long way from a final table, everyone's hope that some "name pros" make the final table this year is at least looking good, so far.

Day 2b wrapped with many notable names in solid chip position...as well as one person with potential apocalyptic ramifications. 

6Leading everyone into Day 3 is wild-and-crazy-guy Hevad "Rain" Kahn, stacked at 580,000. Kahn has two cashes already at this year's WSOP.

Following Kahn are the likes of Gus Hansen (530,000), Bill Edler (510,000), Fabrice Soulier (340,000), Lorenzo Lamas (320,000), Carlos Mortensen (260,000), not-sore-on-the-eyes Maria Ho (260,000), Ted Forrest (255,000), Darrell "Deep" Dicken (250,000), the spectacularly breasted J.C. Tran (at right, 212,000), Peter "Nordberg" Feldman (180,000), Daniel Alaei (177,000), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (150,000), and Gavin Smith (150,000).

Unfortunately for mankind, also stacked at 150,000 is Robert Varkonyi. The 2002 WSOP ME champ makes it to Day 3 for the second time in his poker "career." Last year we detailed the apocolypic ramifications of a strong Varkonyi performance, and with continuing Middle East turmoils, the general rise of radical fundamentalism, and Katja Thater, a woman, winning a bracelet this year, things are looking even bleaker for our general survival as a species right now.

We'll keep you abreast like J.C. Tran of the situation throughout the day.

Get full Day 2b chip counts here.

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Iggy's Guinness and Poker Hacked, Deleted

What the f' happened to bonus code Iggy's blog, dammit?

Iggy's famed Party Poker Blog, Guinness and Poker, appears to have been hacked and deleted.

That's beyond not cool.


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Joanna Krupa Disappoints

Joannakrupawcp2In what may be the greatest disappointment of the 2007 WSOP so far, besides the soggy hot wings from the poker kitchen one of us just ate, the unequivocally hot Joanna Krupa, the Magic Johnson of the look from behind model pose, failed to show up to play in the Main Event despite claims by us that she would be here playing for TonyGPoker.com.

Perhaps it was just wishful thinking on our part that Joanna Krupa was going to be here like she was last year, although even Joanna's own site mentions her planned appearance as did this TonyGPoker.com press release.

But nope. No Joanna.

So out of vengeful spite we're going to post some absurdly hot photos of Joanna Krupa doing her best look from behind pose as well as other Hall of Fame-worthy poses she pulls off like a champ.

Take that Joanna.

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Vinnie Vinh Showed Up Today . . . And Is Gone

Vinnievinhwsopday27Thanks to Lance at thepokerbiz.com for the heads-up on this one: Vinnie Vinh, who we interviewed two days ago before he bailed at the Day 1d dinner break and saw his stack whittled down to 3,200, has decided to show up and play Day 2b today at the 2007 WSOP.

UPDATE: Vinnie Vinh was eliminated on the second hand of Day 2b. Pushing all-in with 5-9 off, his opponent called with K-8 off. The flop came 8h-5d-Qd to give each a pair. The turn was 9s putting Vinh ahead but the Ks came on the river to send Vinh home, or more likely, into hiding if what thepokerbiz.com says is true. Head over there for some of the strange things Vinh said before play started today, including how he would be whacked if he won this year.

Photos of Vinnie Vinh today at the 2007 WSOP, including his final hand and exit, coming shortly . . .

UPDATE II: Photos of Vinh after the jump . . .

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2007 Day 2a WSOP Wrap + Final Table Payouts

Day 2a played down to 350 people. (Entertainment attorney?) Jon Moonves ended the day as chip leader, stacked at 570,000. Two other runners cleared the half mil mark: Jeff Banghart (551,000) and Tuan Lam (515,000).

Other notable bigs remaining include the Norwegian Michael Madsen, Mikkel "Mr. Blonde" Madsen (425,000), Old School director Todd Phillips (310,000), Huck Seed (280,000), Kirk Morrison (280,000), Jared Hamby (260,000), Cliff Josephy (227,000), and international man of mystery Tinten Olivier (200,000).

Some end of day eliminations include David "The Dragon" Pham*, Joe Sebok, Patrik Antonius, and Jeff Madsen.

Get full chip counts here.

Also, get 2007 WSOP Main Event final table payouts after the jump. The big points: first gets $8.25M, and only the top five get over one million dollars.

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Todd Phillips, Director of Old School, Is Among Day 2a Chip Leaders

ToddphillipsHeading into the dinner break, Todd Phillips (at right), director of Old School, is chip leader at the 2007 WSOP.

Phillips is stacked at 420,000. Other notable bigs include Jared Hamby (380,000), David "The Dragon" Pham* (305,000), Berry Johnston (180,000), and Kirk Morrison (180,000).

Some notable quotes from Old School include:

Mitch: Sorry, your seatbelt seems to be broken. What do you recommend I do?
Cab Driver: I recommend you stop being such a faggot. You're in the backseat.

Woman: [holding a grocery bag] What are you doing?
Frank: You tell anyone about this and I'll fucking kill you. I'm kidding, I'm kidding, we'll have him home by midnight.

Therapist: Frank, this is a safe place. A place where we can feel free sharing our feelings. Think of my office as a nest in a tree of trust and understanding. We can say anything here.
Frank: Anything? Well, uh I guess I, deep down, am feeling a little confused. I mean, suddenly, you get married, and you're supposed to be this entirely different guy. I don't feel different. I mean, take yesterday for example. We were out at the Olive Garden for dinner, which was lovely. And uh, I happen to look over at a certain point during the meal and see a waitress taking an order, and I found myself wondering what color her underpants might be. Her panties. Uh, odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think well maybe they're silk panties, maybe it's a thong. Maybe it's something really cool that I don't even know about. You know, and uh, and I started feeling... what? what I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not?

Mitch: At this point, you might be asking yourself, 'why am I holding this 30lb. Cinder block in my hands? You might also ask yourself, 'why does this cinder block have a long piece of string tied to it? And finally, why is the other end of this string tied securely to your penis?

Gang Bang Guy: Hello.
Mitch: Yeah?
Gang Bang Guy: I'm here for the gangbang...

* Not a real dragon.

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Phil Hellmuth Admits to Not Wearing Helmet, Seatbelt in Crash

Before Phil Hellmuth flamed out of the Main Event yesterday before the dinner break, he chatted on video about his race car crash the day before. Hear what he has to say below or head over to RawVegas.tv to watch the video.

After the jump more photos of Phil Hellmuth's totaled race car.

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Vinnie Vinh Video Interview on RawVegas.tv

Yesterday WCP co-entity Chops, who moonlights as President of RawVegas.tv, chatted with Vinnie Vinh outside the Rio for our latest Webisode of The Toke with Wicked Chops Poker on RawVegas.tv. Vinh avoided as best as he could questions about his disappearances saying it's something between him and his sponsor. He also repeatedly thanked the folks at the World Series of Poker for allowing him to play on Day 1d after being a no show on Day 1a due to being "sick."

Watch the video for all Vinh has to say as well as news on how his backer planned to ensure Vinh's appearance on Day 2.

Or watch the Vinnie Vinh interview at RawVegas.tv.

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Brandi Hawbaker Looking Like She Feels at 2007 WSOP

Brandisyrup3_2Our favorite narcissistic, freaky ass, dick-on-the-back, hot-enough-to-bang, ex-pageant poker playing chick Brandi Hawbaker was feeling and looking like crap yesterday at the 2007 World Series of Poker. Apparently she's suffering from a soar throat with strep like symptoms and disappeared for a few hours yesterday during the tournament to rest up.

Completely unrelated we hear that girls who contract chlamydia and gonorrhea through lots of oral sex with creepy old men have strep-like symptoms.

When we saw Hawbaker, it was late and she was seated next to Mimi Tran and was downing some prescribed red cough syrup like a champ. We didn't stay long as our penises felt unsafe but we heard that Hawbaker was soon after eliminated, telling Teddy "Iceman" Monroe to go fuck himself after he knocked her out.

After the jump, more photos of Brandi looking and feeling like crap yesterday.

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Chops On 2007 WSOP ESPN.com Chat Right Now...

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Day Ones Are Done at the 2007 WSOP

Prahladfriedman2007 WSOP Main Event Day 1d wrapped with Vinnie Vinh making another disappearance, Vinnie Vinh's chair making another reappearance, Josh Evans ending as the big stack (240,000), and lots of big name pros advancing to Day 2.

Notable Day 1d stacks include Cindy Longoria, a woman who sounds like she'd be hot, at 166,000, Ted Forrest (150,000), Anthony Reategui (140,000), Chip Jett (123,000), Thor Hansen (114,000), 8-time 2007 WSOP casher Michael Binger (94,000), Carlos Mortensen (85,000), Bill Edler (80,000), Jon "Pearljammer" Turner (61,000), Peter Feldman (60,000), Gavin Smith (58,000), Daniel Negreanu (50,000), Layne Flack (49,000), Godsmack's Sully Erna (43,000) and Prahlad Friedman (at right) (32,000).

Vinnie Vinh's chair ended up the day with 3,200 in chips and was seen getting a ride back to his Palms fantasy suite in the Bodog Players Bus, which, unlike cheap hookers and fat ugly people in jean shorts, has reportedly been banned from the Rio property.

Ajmcleanwsop Oh yeh, Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean was here yesterday playing the Main Event or maybe it was Jeff Goldenberg of the WSOP Academy poker camp. Too close to call. Whoever it was, he's out. In related news, apparently someone named "shorton" at PokerNews.com knows their Backstreet Boys songs.

The big stacks going into Day 2 are international man of mystery Tinten Olivier (270,000), the aforementioned Josh Evans, Dag Martin Mikkelsen (236000), and Tom Bernard (220,000).

For more on yesterday's events, head over to Tao of Poker.

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Vinnie Vinh's Chair is Back and Stacked on Day 1d of the Main Event

Vinnie Vinh's chair showing its formula for success during Day 1d of the 2007 WSOP.
Sticking with what works, a tired, itchy and anxious Vinnie Vinh decided to call it a day during the dinner break and turn the action over to his WSOP record-breaking chair for the rest of the night. Although the chair has already cashed twice for Vinh during the 2007 World Series of Poker, it has its work cut out for it in the Main Event as its tight play is being taken advantage of by the more aggressive players at the table, so aggressive they're taking the chips right from his stack every time the blinds come around. Vinh's chair, which it's worth noting has outlasted Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold today, has gone from about 35,000 in chips after the dinner break to 16,900 around 30 minutes ago.

In related news, infomercial weirdo, WSOP event runner up and Vinnie Vinh friend, Tommy Vu, is in a wheel chair for some apparent reason. See photos of Vinh doing his "Taco-flavored Kisses" hand-puppet routine for Vu after the jump.

Also, stay tuned for our exclusive video interview with Vinnie Vinh himself from the World Series of Poker today.

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Crash and Burn: Phil Hellmuth Flames Out Early on Day 1d of the 2007 WSOP

Hellmuthentrance2007wsop_2Phil Hellmuth arrived late in fashion and left early in shame on Day 1d of the 2007 World Series of Poker.

Showing up more than two and a half hours late by limo (in lieu of the race car he crashed) with a bevy of 11 girls by his side, Phil Hellmuth eventually made his way to his seat at the ESPN feature table looking more like Super Dave than a poker player in a ridiculously logo-covered NASCAR jumpsuit. Even more ridiculous, apparently, was the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner's play at the table that left him shortstacked early on and eventually all-in with A-Q off against pocket tens. Hellmuth would pair his queen on the turn but his opponent rivered a flush to send the FORMER World Champion home to ice his stiff neck and swollen ego.

In related news, not many girls can pull of the ass-hanger jumpsuits the Hellmuth "Bracelettes" had on today and when we say "not many" we mean pretty much none of the girls we saw. Don't get us wrong, we love the concept of the get-ups but only if the Bracelettes were built more like Keeley and Joanna and less like they were cramming 10 pounds of shit in a 5-pound bag. Sure that's mean to say and they were more like 7 or 8 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag, and really weren't all that bad, if lumpy dumpies are your thing. Get a closer look after the jump along with more photos of Hellmuth's grand entrance today at the 2007 WSOP.

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Jamie Gold Gone On Day 1 of 2007 WSOP

It was a disappointing return to the World Series of Poker for Jamie Gold (a paltry $14,000 in cashes and no deep runs) after a disappointing year with him as poker's ambassador.

JamiegoldwsopGold, who has been looking more like a homeless man around the Rio than the reigning World Champion of poker lately, was eliminated just after the dinner break on Day 1d of the 2007 WSOP. Gold had been at the ESPN featured table all day and proved to be more Varkonyi/Moneymaker-like than Raymer/Hachem-esque in his quest to repeat as champion.

"I'm just frustrated with the way that I played. I played really poorly," Jamie Gold told Lance Bradley of Canada's ThePokerBiz.com, minutes after he was eliminated from the second largest field in poker history.

Gold eventually hit the rail when he pushed all-in with Qs-9s and wasn't able to catch up to his opponent's A-7 off.

Gold's early exit falls far short of his prediction for this year's World Series of Poker. "I know this is the thing you guys are going to kill me on, but I think I'll make the final table this year," he told us during our heads-up interview with him last March.

For more on Gold's elimination, head over to ThePokerBiz.com. For less (clothes) on Jessica Alba, go here.

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From Around the Rio During Day 1d of the 2007 WSOP...


Chops of WickedChopsPoker.com interviews Vinnie Vinh outside the Rio on Day 1d of the 2007 World Series of Poker.

Some things we've heard/seen:

:: It was discussed today that Bernard Lee will have a picture of the Entities that comprise Wicked Chops Poker (instead of his kids) on Day 2 of the WSOP that he will kiss for good luck. It was discussed.

:: Reports have ranged regarding Phil Hellmuth's car crash that the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner is suffering whiplash, severe back strain, light back strain, and hardly anything. Having seen him enter the WSOP with 11 super hot models earlier today (pictures coming), if anything on Hellmuth is feeling stiff, it's probably not his back.

:: Gavin Smith DID wear his jester outfit today...but only for about 20 minutes. He called Joe Sebok early on and bought out of the bet.

:: And yes...it is true...we did talk to Vinnie Vinh. He is playing Day 1d. Expect video footage of our conversation tomorrow.

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Phil Hellmuth Suffers from Severe Whiplash, Ego Miraculously Unscathed in Car Crash

HellmuthracecarWe once thought the only way poker players could get whiplash was when Lacey Jones (who took the photo of Phil's car you see) walked into the room. We guess we were wrong.

In a press release sent out this morning, UltimateBet, which we hear is a Website people play online poker on, said that 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth was indeed hurt yesterday when his race car crashed in the Rio parking lot, with his agent Brian Balsbaugh of Poker Royalty claiming that Hellmuth suffered from severe whiplash in the accident.

While we haven't spoken with Hellmuth directly since the incident, we did have a chance to chat with his ego, which said that it was far from injured in the wreck and perhaps even bolstered by the increase focused on it's 11 WSOP bracelets, 63 career WSOP cashes and 39 WSOP final tables.

Hellmuth is slated to start his day 1 of the 2007 World Series of Poker today at noon but according to the release it's unknown on whether he will play at this time.

In related news, Paris Hilton is busy hosing her hoo ha in Hawaii building a transitional home for women recently released from jail.

Read the UltimateBet press release after the jump . . .

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Video Exclusive: Phil Hellmuth Crashes Race Car

RawVegas.tv has exclusive video footage of Phil Hellmuth crashing his race car during a promo for Ultimate Bet. We're sure Hellmuth, who plays the 2007 WSOP Main Event today (Monday), will have a vlog about it later in the week.

Watch the Hellmuth car crash here or in the below video.

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Some Day 1c Updates

With a few hours left in Day 1c play, here's the latest non-Hellmuth-car-crash-related news:

2:: Both Chris Moneymaker and Robert Varkonyi are still alive and kicking. While we predicted a John Daly-esque performance from Moneymaker this year, Varkonyi we didn't expect much from, which is probably most people's expectation of Varkonyi throughout his life.

:: WCP fave Darrell "Deep" Dicken has been among the chip leaders all day, and is currently stacked around 70k.

:: Gavin Griffen is currently among the chip leaders around 130k. Arthur Azen leads everyone at 165k. Lorenzo Lamas is stacked at 112k. Lee Watkinson is around 110k.

:: Other name pros like the spectacularly breasted J.C. Tran (at right), Allen Cunningham, Fabrice Soulier, Ultimate Blackjack champ Ken Einiger (Time!), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson have all built solid stacks.

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Phil Hellmuth Totals Race Car at Rio in UB Promotion

On our way out of the Rio today, we learned that during a promotion for Ultimate Bet, Phil Hellmuth totaled a race car he was driving in the Rio parking lot. Word is that he slammed into a lamp post.

Thankfully, Hellmuth made it out of the accident unharmed although the extent of the injuries to his ego are not yet known.

More details to follow. In the meantime, below is a video of Eddie Griffin totaling his Ferrari.

UPDATE: RawVegas.tv has obtained footage of the crash. It will be posted within the next 8-12 hours.

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The Day 1a Chip Leader is French

FranceAccording to WCP reader Michael, Day 1a chip leader, Tinten Olivier, who had no previous documented evidence of his existence, is: 1) an Adidas employee, and 2) French.

What in the name of Fabrice Soulier is going on here at the 2007 WSOP?

Looks like America's place in the world continues to slip. The rest of Europe should be ashamed of themselves too.


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2007 WSOP Airs on ESPN This Tuesday

The 2007 World Series of Poker begins airing on ESPN this Tuesday with Event #1 ($5,000 NLH).

The Event was won by young Internet specialist or possible pyromaniac Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis. He defeated Greg "FBT" Mueller and banked $536,287.

Get the full schedule here or read it after the jump.

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Montel Williams Is Not the Day 1b Chip Leader

Even a rollercoaster would've seen Montel Williams' Day 1b WSOP ride and said, "Fuck this. I'm getting off."

The talk show host, who is holding a charity event tonight at the Golden Nugget, saw his stack rise and fall in big swings repeatedly. After being one of the first players to build his stack past 150k, Montel ended Day 1b play back where he started, just a hair above 20k.

The chip leader at the end of play was Dag Martin Mikkelsen at 236k. Unlike Tinten Olivier, Mikkelsen actually existed before the 2007 WSOP. The Norwegian has two cashes across the pond.

Big stack pros of note include David "The Dragon" Pham* (140k), Scotty Nguyen (129k), Berry Johnston (118.5k), Cliff Josephy (117k), James Van Alstyne (91k), and Robert Mizrachi (80k).

Get full chip counts here. Hit PokerListings.com for more 2007 WSOP info.

* Not a real dragon.

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    Our photog at the 2008 WSOP is having a hard time focusing his lens on the pros at the table. We like him for that. Check out girls on the rail here.

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