Getting into the WSOP covered getting into the WSOP the first day of play, Saturday, November 7, 2009 when the November Nine met at the Main Event Final Table and played down to 2. They started at Noon on Saturday and played until 5:57AM Sunday morning.
This post covers getting into the WSOP’s second day of Final Table play, Monday, November 9, 2009 when the final 2 played for the championship of Event 57, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament of the 2009 WSOP.
Just like Saturday, getting into day two of the WSOP Main Event Final Table was a matter of time. How much you want to witness the final 2 = the amount of time you invest in standing in line. All you need to do is get to the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at a time that will get you into a nice place in line.
Monday, Nov.9, 10:00pm – Final 2 play for the title
8:30 PM Monday, 11/09/09
Arrived at the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Got in line. This time, I was not in as good a position as on Saturday. I was in line down in the rotunda portion of the hallway about 150 feet from the entrance, and unlike Saturday were the line cut diagonally across the rotunda, spectators were lined up against the walls (meaning many more were in line). There were about 70 – 80 more people in front of me. It was hard to tell with more accuracy because the spectators were very spread out.
9:30 PM Monday, 11/09/09
Line begins moving slowly, advancing about 15 – 20 people at a time.
10:07 PM Monday, 11/09/09
I am seated in the first balcony (mezzanine of Penn & Teller Theater). View was excellent because there were not as many camera people nor camera apparatus blocking the spectators’ side of the table.
Both players are on stage. Darvin Moon is signing autographs on the left front of the stage and Joe Cada is on the right side of the stage talking with supporters decked out in their yellow long-sleeve “Cada” t-shirts. Curiously enough, Davin Moon is wearing a yellow shirt. Hummm… earlier in the day, I had read an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal which quoted Moon as having said, “…Cada is favored“. I’m wondering if Moon was trying to send a message with his choice of tops.
10:16 PM Monday, 11/09/09
Both players approach the table. Red arrow on left points to Darvin Moon standing in front of his seat. Red arrow on right points to Joe Cada wrapping up the conversation with his yellow-t-shirted supporters.
10:28 PM Monday, 11/09/09
Vince Neil of Motley Crew prances onto the stage with two Las Vegas show girls. He says a few words about a charity tournament, then “Shuffle up and Deal”. Found this video at YouTube – WSOP 2009 Final Table Motley Crue’s Vince Neil
1:29 AM Tuesday, 11/10/09
Final hand is played and 21-year-old Joe Cada emerges as the champion of the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Cada had 9d 9c. Moon had Qd Jd. Board was 8c 2c 7s kh 7c.
Found this video on YouTube. It is the last 5 minutes of ESPN’s coverage of the Final Table.