Other notables at the start included Barry Greenstein (& Son), Carlos Mortensen, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy, Freddy Deeb, Paul Darden, Erick Lindgren, David Singer, John Juanda, Isabelle Mercier, Hoyt Corkins, Surinder “I hate Tony G” Sunar, David Pham, John Phan, John D’Agostino, Gavin Smith and Evy “Bodog” Ng.
And oh yeh, Robert Varkonyi and his wife Olga were there too.
Snake, Chops and the Addict were nowhere to be seen.
After Day One, only 156 players remained, and Floridian Greg Monaldi was stacking the most with $222,000T. Monaldi just finished 4th ($32,536) a few days earlier at Foxwoods $300 NLHE event so no doubt he’s just a lucky bastard getting a great run of cards. We kid. We kid.
Also stacked nicely after day one was Steve Zolotow ($115,000T), Paul Darden ($70,000T), John Juanda ($70,000T), Farzad Bonyadi ($70,000T), Erik Seidel ($65,000T) and John D’Agostino ($40,000T). Out after Day One were aforementioned pros such as Smith, Singer, Greenstein (& Son), Negreanu, Mortensen and Schlein (who Vince Van Patten erroneously likened to Stu Ungar, but that’s another story for another day).
A quick look at CardPlayer’s Live Update Log, shows that in Day Two, Farzad “Freddy” Bonyadi, Surinder Sunar, Erick Lindgren, Amnon Filippi and Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy have all been sent to the rail.
Anyway, in other Sully poker-related news (seriously), the Godsmack frontman will join KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul for the VH1 Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Charity Poker Tournament presented by CelebrityPokerPlayer.net. The event, hosted by Phil Laak, will take place on June 8 at the Flamingo.
Kind of reminds me of this