Day two at the MCOP has brought with it a lot of misfortune for the team. Going into the day, we had Darren, Jolmer and Tyler as our sole survivors from day 1 –I did say this is the toughest field since the WSOPE.
Bojan’s all-in move on an airless board was unfortunately called by player with ace high; the ace high was good and Bojan hit the rails.
Patrick after suffering a bad beat for half his stack was left in a double or die situation; regrettably he is no longer with chips.
Jolmer went to the rails when his pocket 3s failed to improve versus J J.
Our hopes squarely lied on the shoulders of the online phenom, Darren, and the Canadian prodigy, Tyler. It could have been that the moustache that Tyler was sporting reigned King and relieves all the pressure as he seem as cool as the other side of the pillow. The calmness and resilience that he exhibited earlier in the year in the Irish Poker Open seem to have returned and he appeared poised to make this deep run that we all anticipated.
Darren, with his lucky 888.com black hat, had a commanding chip stack on his table, but he was always aware of the dangerous and adventurous Marcel Luske sitting to his left. This only added to the pressure of making that deep run, but if anyone is capable of getting through this it is Darren –after all, he sent WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker to the rails earlier this year; so knocking off big name players was not uncommon to him.
All seem to be smooth sailing until after the dinner break where disaster struck and Team 888poker was the unlikely victim. Firstly, Darren went into the post dinner session with 70,000 in chips and seemed capable of making the run. Unfortunately, the first hand after the break cost him over 35% of his chip stack in what he eventually describes as the right read gone wrong. About two hands later, Darren was all-in pre-flop with 10s versus Js; the board ran out and the 10s never improved and the same player who took out Bojan now claimed the head of yet another Team 888poker player.
Tyler, who was now the sole survivor waving the Team 888poker flag, was shortly all-in pre-flop with KK and two customers to boot. Tyler’s Kings looked very good against pocket 8s and JJ; however, the poker gods were not with him and an 8 came on the flop to cripple his stack. Go figure…888 brought him to the event and a set of 8s have him on the rails. I think I smell an 888 promotion on its way –we have to find a way to make trip 8s or better work for us; watch this space.