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WSOP rail - Matusow takes on Mr. Peanut

8 July 2007

Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack was not amused when Mike Matusow tackled WSOP guest sponsor Mr. Peanut. Matusow and Mr. Peanut got into a friendly disagreement when Mr. Peanut refused to come over to Matusow's table. Matusow tackled the famous icon, but the nimble Mr. Peanut was get able get in a little punch and eventually escape the Mouth's clutches. Mr. Peanut then won round two when he mimed that Matusow's waistline was the reason he wasn't able to get the upper hand.

In other Matusow news, "The Mouth" looks like a NASCAR driver with advestisements plastered all over his blue t-shirt. Pollack said this is what he had in mind when he changed the advertising rules, pointing to Robert Williamson's as the best example of a player who gets his value.

Katja Thater is not wearing her gold bracelet, but she said it's in her handbag. Thater became the first woman in three years to win an open even when she captured a $1,500 Razz title last month.

The size of today's field sent 80 entrants into the poker pavilion (nicknamed the player's tent). There were the first tables to break and everyone inside the tent was inside the Rio by early afternoon. T.J. Cloutier was among the "tent" players. He was eventually moved to the ESPN featured table occupied by Matusow.

Moneymaker is playing at the secondary ESPN featured table.

Hundreds of spectators lined the hallways outside the Amazon Room looking to catch a glimpse of the action. Because of the space limitation inside the tournament room, spectators have not been allowed into the area until later in the evening. Spectators continue to wait in line however.

Johnny Chan and Marcel Luske signed hundreds of autographs at the Gaming Life Expo Sunday afternoon.

The 2007 Main Event will easily pass 2005's Main Event entrant total of 5,619 players, making it the second-largest live poker tournament in history.

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Ryan McLane

Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.