Unfortunately this European Poker Tour event will not be making it to TV screens across the globe along with all the other stops on this year's schedule. Due to Polish gaming laws there will be a strictly written and photographic record taken of the action tomorrow.
No worries I say! With PokerListings.com on the scene, who needs television coverage anyway? A shameless plug I know, but you can't blame me for getting it in there. The one downside to not having cameras to capture all the action is that the media will not have the live video and audio feeds in the press room that we're used to. That means we'll actually have to get up and go all the way downstairs to see the action firsthand.
This might not sound like too much of an inconvenience but three flights of stairs coupled with having to fight tooth and nail against the crowd of spectators who will be sardine'd into the poker room do make it a bit of an ordeal.
Fear not though, we are professionals, and as such we will bring you the action if it's the last thing we do. Judging by the response I get when I shoulder my way through the crowds here in Warsaw, it might be just that.
At first I enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of the poker room here at the Hyatt but it became more and more crowded as we got closer to the final table. I can only assume that tomorrow we will reach critical mass in terms of crowd size and emotional tension. Frankly I wonder if the EPT set could physically fit into this cloistered space; I seriously doubt it.
PokerStars has said that this year's Polish Open is a sort of test drive, and by the response they've gotten so far, it has been nothing short of a complete success. Capped at 300 entrants, we came close to maxing it out at 284. Ninety-three players began the day today, and the eliminations were fast and furious, getting down to the final eight before the clock struck midnight.
Whatever action was lacking in the two Day 1 flights was made up for today and then some. The afternoon began with a rush of bustages as the shortstacks shoved with reckless abandon. This frenetic pace continued throughout the day until we reached the money just before dinner.
It's a rule of thumb that at poker tournaments there are a few things guaranteed to induce action, the bursting of the bubble and dinner breaks being among them. Today we saw both of these events coincide.
With the 25th player being sent to the rails just moments before breaking for supper, we braced ourselves for the mass suicide that was sure to follow. Sure enough, when the forty-five minute break was up and the players returned, the eliminations came as fast as we were able to report them.
Going from 24 to eight is no easy task, but tonight we accomplished it in record time. Within three levels, the 16 eliminations needed to reach the final table had transpired, and we were left with only the very best, and perhaps in some cases luckiest, players in the field.
For a full rundown of the madness that was Day 2, as well as seating charts and chip counts for the final table, check out our Live Updates Page. The action is slated to get underway at 2 p.m. local time, that's 5 a.m. for all you west-coasters across the pond, so I expect you to be up bright and early to join me for the conclusion of the EPT3 Polish Open.