The day began just before noon in springlike Lost Wages with eight matches of the 32 planned and it would not be long before we knew there would be a new Heads-Up champ this year. Right after the cameras began rolling at the poker room-turned-TV set, Jerry Yang. But as we all know, the Lord loves Jerry Yang very much and when Yang got it all-in with fours against Moneymaker's tens, the miracle four on the river pushed Yang through to the next round.
God did not have such a purpose for actor Don Cheadle, however, as Gus Hansen took care of the baddest dude in the room before the day was done. Cheadle got his money in with pocket jacks, but Hansen found a way to make K-J work, dropping the cool factor in the round of 32 below the Mendoza line - but barely.
Another former WSOP Main Event champ found a way to move up from this group. Bill Edler discovered that if you call Scotty Nguyen, it's gonna be over, baby, when he lost all his chips with a flush against the Prince's nut flush.
What looked like it could be the most shocking result of the day turned out to be pretty standard fare in the end. Coming off his LAPC win yesterday, Phil Ivey was (mis)matched up with PokerStars qualifier Alisha Kunze and the amateur actually took a lead in the early going before catching a huge cooler. We can't prove it with any stats, but it seems like every time an opponent gets kings, Ivey has aces and that's exactly what happened to Kunze. After grabbing the lead, Phil wasted little time in finishing the young lady off, but not before PL.com pulled her aside for an interview - which you can find right here.
Things happened fast today, but if you want a full recap of every elimination, all the happenings from the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship, plus a look at tomorrow's round of 32 match ups, hit up our Live Updates page.
Things will kick of Saturday just after 11 a.m. Vegas time and PL.com will have it all as usual. The future looks so bright, tomorrow we wear shades!