Alright, so I'm not so deluded as to think that my John D'Agostino are still very much in contention.
The day didn't go quite as well for other pro players, many of whom made speedy departures that added to the confusion and hectic feel of the event. Allen Cunningham and girlfriend Melissa Hayden were seated together at Table 2 for the first hour of play, at one point even sitting beside each other. Then Allen was eliminated after his wired pair of eights ran into Jim Worth's pocket cowboys, and he hit the rail with $33,805. Melissa Hayden managed to make it stick until the next pay level before busting out herself at the hands of Marc Karam. She takes home $48,923 and the satisfaction she not only outlasted Allen, but also every other woman to enter the tournament.
And Brad Booth? He had a quick day, unfortunately, despite entering the competition with over $300,000 in chips. Yukon Brad saw his stack dwindle away and eventually busted out when his king-jack off-suit ran into Mark Newhouse's big slick. On the plus side, Brad got the rest of the day off to catch up on his sleep and maybe pick up a good set of reading glasses.
Action continues tonight until there are only six players remaining, so be sure to follow our live updates to see who makes the final table. The TV taping starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. (EST) and as usual PokerListings.com will be on the scene. Tune in to find out whether Mark Newhouse can repeat his success at the Borgata, or if hometown Canadians like Jim Worth, Jason Sagle and Marc Karam can stake a claim to the WPT Season 5 bracelet with national pride on the line. It should be a great final table, and the way things are looking, it probably won't take three days to play out, either.