Although Phil Hellmuth is known for making late entrances here at the WSOP, we imagined he'd show up right on time to try to grind up his small stack of 11,800. As the first level of play today was ticking down Hellmuth's seat remained surprisingly vacant. We did a little investigating on Twitter and found these posts by Mike Matusow:
"@phil_hellmuth is such a idiot hes getting blinded off has 5k left has his phoneoff and a do not disturb on his phone at hotel" and "sorry @phil_hellmuth that your wsop comes to a end this way i even got them to ring inside your room with a do not disturb on it" (post edited for spelling)
Hellmuth then tweeted not long later, "Security broke into my room, I'm like, 'What's going on?!?' SGuard says, 'You're playing in the World Series of Poker today.'" followed by "I jump out of bed, dress, and run down to my car. Didn't know you could drive 75 on side roads!! I Thought I played Day 2 Tuesday..."
Matusow somehow was able to convince the security guards at Hellmuth's hotel to break into his room to save him from completely blinding out of the tournament. Hellmuth arrived right as the first level of play was ending and his stack, which has been blinding down for the past two hours is already down to 7,675. He'll obviously have a lot of work to do if he wants to make it to Day 3.