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It's early evening on Day 2A of the main event and Mike Matusow has just busted after nursing a short stack for the entire day. I would have really enjoyed another deep run by Mike in the main event. Last year, I was on the rail for six intense days as Mike fought his way to 30th place out of 6,844 runners, but this year it was not to be. Mike's entire 2009 WSOP can be summed up with the old line: "It just was not in the cards."
On the very positive side of the life ledger, Mike is happier and healthier than he has been in a very long time. I am happy to say that the biggest task in front of Mike in the immediate future is finding a way to hone his game again but this time to have his "A+" game be smoothly integrated into his full and happy life.
Sure we all wished for another deep run for Mike this summer but I will not be surprised to see Mike back on top of his game once the cards start breaking his way again. And I would point out that the "old Mike" who would have been complaining about never getting a draw and never winning a race; well, that Mike was nowhere to be seen or heard this WSOP.
Mike is doing just fine, thank you very much.
Daniel, on the other hand, is still struggling with the bug, virus, crud he picked up the other day. Keep your head down and yourself hydrated Daniel.
Phil resumes play tomorrow on Day 2B.
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