2008 WSOP Day 14: Matusow straps on more gold

Mike Matusow
Three bracelets and counting for Matusow.

Mike Matusow was the big winner on Wednesday, and today the 2008 World Series of Poker gets back to its normal two-final-tables-per-day format with Events 19 and 20 finishing.

Event 18

About a year ago, Vanessa Selbst had a monster second day of play in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event on Wednesday. She walks into the final table today with more than $1 million in chips with her nearest competitor sitting with about $329,000.

The final table today will include:

Name Chip Count
Vanessa Selbst $1,047,000
Jamie Pickering $329,000
Stanley "StanDman" Statkiewicz Jr. $318,000
Thom Schultz $144,000
Eugene Todd $127,000
Mel Randolph $117,000
Craig Natte $108,000
Jamie Robbins $70,000
Ken Lairson $16,900

Some of the familiar names who made the money but missed out on the final table are Jordan Morgan, Nam Le, Greg Mueller, Sarah Bilney, Gavin Smith, David Singer, Huck Seed and more.

The cards will be in the air again for this event starting at 2 p.m. Stay tuned to the Event 21 live updates for all the latest action.

Event 22

The second event to get its start on Wednesday was the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. More than 400 players sat down to play, and by the end of the day 133 were still left playing.

This tournament will pay out to the top 40 players, with the winner earning nearly $300,000. One player returning today who is showing how improved her play has become is Shannon Elizabeth. After Day 1, Elizabeth is sitting third in the chip counts with a healthy $44,200 in chips.

Right at the top with her are James Mackey, Todd Brunson and Marc Goodwin, and the rest of the field is peppered with pros as well.

Play is scheduled to resume at 3 p.m. today and that means PokerListings will also be there to bring you live coverage.

Event 23 and Event 24

Event 23 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em is set to go off at noon today. Last year 1,619 players turned out for the event, with Ben Ponzio taking it down for nearly $600,000. Even more players are expected to sign up this year.

The second event starting today is Event 24, $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha. This is a brand-new event this year that will have players alternating between Pot-Limit Hold'em and Omaha every 30 minutes. The action kicks off at 5 p.m. for this event.

For all your major tournament cravings, PokerListings has the sweetest live updates, photos, interviews, videos and more in the Live Tournaments section.

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