June 23, 2009
So after we get some sleep, we wake up Thursday and hit up Pokernews/Cardplayer to see whatâ€™s going on down at the Wasop. Turns out Phil Ivey is going to be at the final table of the 2-7 Lowball event. I post on DC saying that Iâ€™ll be sweating if anyone wants to stop by. We grab a bite and head off. By the time we get there (about 30 min after the final table started) somehow 4 of the 7 players have been eliminated. Itâ€™s down to Ivey, John Monnette (a 2-7 specialist), and Yan Chen (another 2-7 specialist). Ivey has a ton of chips and we just assume he steamrolled the table. We get some good seats and settle in. (Keep in mind, good seats is a very relative term when it comes to watching Ivey play 2-7.)
Not too long after, I get tap on the shoulder â€œHey Tecmo.â€ I turn around, not knowing who to expect with my legions of fans out there, but alas itâ€™s THE Joe Tall! My friends and I chat it up with him for a bit (very cool dude) and he goes out to his car and retreives a couple of limited edition, supersweet DC shirts for us. A few other DCers, including DeathDonkey and MichaelSC stop by as well. We run into Entity and IWEARGOGGLES in the halls of the Rio and chat it up with them for a bit too.
Once Iveyâ€™s table went on dinner break, we busted out some photos to get signed and I had a few players I particularly wanted to get. I ended up getting most of them, including Ivey, Negreanu, Elezra, Huck Seed, Matusow, and Greenstein. I ended up sweating the $10k Mixed event final table sitting next to Matusow, Andy Bloch, and Orel Hershiser haha. See below for Matusow and Bloch :)
Once Iveyâ€™s table returned from break, we sat back in for the long haul. We wanted to see someone actually win one of these things and be handed the bracelet and all. It was as entertaining as it could be too. Ivey eventually got heads up and his stack dwindled to 140k (1.1m total in the tourney). Somehow he managed to recapture the lead against John Monnette and eventually took it down. Later that night, while checking Pokernews/Cardplayer, I realize that Iâ€™m actually in all of the pictures taken of Ivey when he won! haha I was rockinâ€™ my QB Bills jersey and you could see me pretty clearly on all of the sites. Soon Iâ€™ll be in the front of the photo ;) , but not bad for now!
Later on, I saw some dude rockin a DC shirt playing in the $2500 NLHE event. I found out it was AMT and started sweating him a bit. Heâ€™s from my DC/Baltimore area so I def wanted to say wusup to him. Chatted with him on breaks here and there and he was doing very well. Then Ivey got seated to his left, and not too long after that AMT busted :( Was still cool to meet him tho.