The 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions (TOC) concluded its second day Monday with Mike “The Mouth” Matusow leading the field in the chase for the $500,000 first prize.  There is just one problem, though.  There are 17 players left when there were only supposed to be nine.
When the Tournament of Champions was originally resurrected, the first day was supposed to be this past Sunday, which it was.  When the field of 27 was whittled down to nine, the tournament was to be paused and then reconvened on Sunday, July 4th to determine a champion.  These days were selected because they were scheduled days off during the World Series of Poker, so the players would not have any conflicts with other events.  When the lineup for the TOC was announced a couple weeks ago, a scheduling change was also announced.  The game was to start on June 27th as planned, but rather than playing all the way down to nine players, play would last for just four levels.  The remaining players would then return the next day (yesterday) to play four more levels and those that were left after the second day would come back on July 4th to finish the tournament.
Unfortunately for tournament organizers, there were more players than they expected at the end of Monday’s play.  Rather than being down to a final table or thereabouts, the tournament still has almost two full tables of players still alive.  Therefore, the event’s schedule has been modified once again.  Now, the remaining 17 players will re-start on Saturday, July 3rd, and play down to a final table, which would be played, as scheduled, on July 4th.  But there’s a catch.  There are two other events taking place on July 3rd: the Ante Up for Africa charity event and the $25,000 Six-Max event.  Thus, if any of the TOC players are still alive in any of those by the time play is to begin on July 3rd, the whole thing will be pushed back to July 4th, and play will begin at 9:00am.
As for the actual poker player, as mentioned earlier, Mike Matusow, who automatically qualified for the TOC by winning the 2005 version of the event, is the chip leader after Day 2 with 85,500 chips.  He is followed by four former WSOP Main Event champions: Huck Seed (73,000), Johnny Chan (68,600), Scotty Nguyen (64,700), and Joe Hachem (64,300).  Only one other automatic qualifier, Annie Duke, remains.  Duke won the inaugural TOC in 2004.  2006 TOC winner, Party Poker‘s Mike Sexton, reigning WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada, and reigning WSOP Europe champ Barry Shulman have all been eliminated.  Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who received a sponsor exemption for winning a WSOP Academy sponsored Sit-and-Go against eight other top non-bracelet winners, is still alive as the short stack, but the other sponsor exemption, Andrew Barton, has hit the rail.  All of the other remaining players were voted in.
The total prize pool for this freeroll tournament is $1 million, with $500,000 going to the winner.  Second place receives $250,000, third place gets $100,000, and fourth through ninth receive $25,000.
2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions – Day 2 Standings
Mike Matusow – $85,500
Huck Seed – $73,000
Johnny Chan – $68,600
Scotty Nguyen – $64,700
Joe Hachem – $64,300
Erik Seidel – $58,900
Allen Cunningham – $58,900
Phil Hellmuth – $44,100
Annie Duke – $42,600
Daniel Negreanu – $39,900
TJ Cloutier – $38,800
Jennifer Harman – $34,200
Howard Lederer – $30,800
Chris Ferguson – $30,100
Barry Greenstein – $29,900
Antonio Esfandiari – $24,400
Bertrand Grospellier – $21,400

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