Mike Matusow Leads World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions After Day 2

Published on June 28th, 2010 9:01 pm EST

Mike Matusow in the Thinking ZoneDay 2 of the 2010 World Series of Poker TOC (Tournament of Champions) wrapped up a few minutes ago, with Mike "The Mouth" Matusow finishing the day as the tournament chip leader.

Only 5 players (Doyle Brunson, Andrew Barton, Joe Cada, Mike Sexton and Dan Harrington) were eliminated on Day 2, meaning that there are 17 of the original 27 entrants still left in the event. This is a problem, as there were supposed to be only 9 players left in the event at the end of Day 2. So, one of two things will happen at this point:

1) The remaining 17 players will resume play at 7 pm on Saturday, July 3rd, and play down to the final table (July 4th)

2) If any of the remaining 17 players are still alive in Ante Up for Africa or the $25k 6-Max event on July 3rd, then the players will get started bright and early at 9 am on Sunday, July 4th (I'm sure that they will love that).

Regardless of what happens, the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions winner will be crowned on July 4th.

As mentioned, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow managed to finish as the Day 2 tournament chip leader. When play resumes in a couple of days, Matusow will have about 85k in chips, which is about 12k more than Huck Seed, who currently sits in second place with 73k.

Here are the chip stacks after two days of play:

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 "ElkY" Grospellier, 21,400

Here are the payouts for this event, which is a freeroll:

1st - $500,000
2nd - $250,000
3rd - $100,000
4th-9th - $25,000


Mike Matusow clearly enjoys playing in the "Tournament of Champions".

Matusow managed to take down the 2005 Tournament of Champions for $1 million, and followed this up with a third place finish in the 2006 Tournament of Champions for $250,000.

Another former TOC champion (Annie Duke) is still alive in the event, while 2006 TOC champion Mike Sexton has been eliminated.

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