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Tall-talking players try to walk the walk during Day 2A at the WSOP9 July 2008
LAS VEGAS -- In golf, they call it moving day. In poker, they call it Day 2.
It's the day players either put themselves in position to cash (or win) in the World Series of Poker Main Event, or see their hopes eliminated or reduced to a few chips and a prayer. And as 1,251 players played on
Fort Lauderdale's Maurice Hawkins falls into the loose, talkative and
"Oh no you didn't," said Hawkins, when a Germany's Felix Osterland
Later in the night, Osterland snapped his fingers before going all in.
"You just snack-crackled-popped all-in," Hawkins said.
The table, including Osterland, burst out in laughter. And the two
Hawkins also does his fair share of trash talking at the table as
After winning a couple of consecutive pots, Hawkins saw the table fold
Hawkins traveled an interesting road to the Main Event. He plays
"A complete stranger bought me into the Main Event," Hawkins said. "He
Hawkins loves poker -- and he loves to talk. But sometimes his talking
It turns out that players, especially heads up, are not allowed to ask
"That brings up possible collusion problems," a WSOP floor supervisor
Hawkins began the day with 78,000 chips, but saw his stack dwindle
"I just need one set," Hawkins told Casino City in between hands. "One
Then Hawkins returned to the table and asked the dealer to give him a
"This is painful," Hawkins announced. "But if you just make it through
Things didn't get easy for Hawkins prior to the dinner break. He
Hawkins emerged from the dinner break with a new outfit and a new
"I got a talking to from my girl," Hawkins said. "She said put it all in,
The advice -- and new clothes -- worked for a few hours. He quickly acquired a new stack of chips. But an hour before Day 2A ended, Hawkins was eliminated. And as he made the lonely walk out of the Amazon Room, the ESPN cameras that had been filming his unique table presence made no move to cover his exit.
While Hawkins was talking his way through the Day 2A, Sweden's Stefan
Listening to a red iPod with large silver headphones, Mattsson was
Early in the day, a player at Mattson's first table raised a Mattsson
Mattsson's aggressive play continued when he switched tables and sat
Greenstein went all in an effort to double up. Everyone folded and
"You're not even in the hand you're trying to figure out my chip
Mattsson and Greenstein rarely tangled the rest of the day (Greenstein
But Mattsson's aggressive play continued. While rolling chips from one
Notable eliminations: John Hennigan, Dario Alioto, Ray Romano, Hal Lubarsky, Nick Schulman, Billy Baxter, Barry Greenstein, Kathy Liebert, Erick Lindgren, Blair Hinkle, Alex Bolotin, Robert Varkonyi, Paul Wasicka, Svetlana Gromenkova, Bill Edler and Anna Wroblewski.
Tall-talking players try to walk the walk during Day 2A at the WSOP is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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