All good things must come to an end. All good poker runs, too. Paul Pierce has been eliminated from the World Series of Poker main event. From ESPN:
With only 20 minutes to go in Level 9, Paul Pierce made his exit from the WSOP main event. The NBA All-Star had been the attention of all at the secondary feature table, even players like Dennis Phillips who asked him for an autograph during play. Pierce played a patient game, but seemed to get active after dinner and would ultimately find himself in a rough spot with 2-2 all-in preflop against the J-J of Allan Vrooman. The board ran clean for Vroonman (K-8-5-4-K) and Pierce stood up from his chair, grabbed his backpack and walked out the door with spectators and players giving him a round of applause as they announced his departure.via 2011 WSOP Main Event Blog: Paul Pierce eliminated - ESPN.
Ducks, Pierce? (Pair of twos equals "ducks" by the way. Named so because of how twos look. Also because they fall out of the sky every time you try them.) Really? Not even connectors? It better have been in position at least. If Vrooman slowplayed the Jacks first-round and you were on the button trying to steal blinds, maybe. But even then I'd go with a hopeful 9-7, even off-suit, before I'd roll the dice with ducks. Least a high pair of connectors you've got a decent shot at it being a race.
Going in with ducks? That's like bringing a poodle to a.... nevermind.
To be fair to Pierce, he did last as long as Johnny Chan and Andy Bloch, which isn't bad company. Way, way short of the money though, since this thing takes forever.
We should totally organize some NBA Celebrity Poker. That would be really entertaining.
It's going to be a long lockout.