Although Day 1 was somewhat of a marathon, lasting close to 14 hours, after we made it to the money yesterday the pace quickened and the eliminations came one after another. Many a pro cashed in this event but only six finished today unscathed.
The first big name to get bustified today was David Pham, J.C. Tran, Mark Seif, Danny Wong, J.C. Alvarado and John Hom will all be returning for tomorrow's festivities, each bringing an impressive record to bear.
David Pham enters the final table as the chip leader with $1,655,000. The Dragon is no stranger to WPT final tables having appeared at three already. He's also final-tabled five times at the World Series of Poker with two bracelets to show for it. In 2001 he took down the $2,000 S.H.O.E. event and in 2006 he won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. The Dragon has a career total of more than $4,800,000 from tournament winnings alone.
Mark Seif, member of Team Absolute Poker and holder of two WSOP bracelets, both won back-to-back in 2005, enters the final table fifth in chips with $325,000. In addition to his WSOP success he's made it to one WPT final table before, at the Legends of Poker in 2002. Mark is actually from the nearby city of Lake Tahoe so he's looking to take this tournament down for the home-town crowd.
J.C. Tran, one of the most successful players in the history of the WPT, comes into the final table third in chips with $904,000. This is J.C.'s fifth World Poker Tour final table appearance, and though he has never taken down an event he has two seventh-place finishes under his belt. He was painfully close to his first win at the LAPC main event just a few weeks ago when he finished second to Eric Hershler.
He's also final-tabled at the WSOP four times and has a career tournament total of $4,172,000 in winnings. There is no one hungrier for a win on this tour than J.C. For an interview I did with him the day before his last final table, check here.
Juan Carlos Alvarado, or J.C. as he's called, is a young player who's already had some great results. He made the final table at the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em at last year's WSOP as well as finishing 15th in the Main Event and second in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for $108,275 at the latest Los Angeles Poker Classic. He will start the day tomorrow second in chips with $1,107,000.
Another young gun sitting down at the felt tomorrow is Danny Wong. Danny final-tabled at the WSOP Circuit event in San Diego last month, finishing fourth, and boasts two cashes from last year's Series.
He finished second to Shannon Shorr at the 2006 $10,000 Bellagio Cup II for $561,115 and took down the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the last Five Diamond Classic at Bellagio for $181,540. Danny is fourth in chips with $623,000.
The last contestant at the final table is John Hom. A WSOP bracelet holder, John won the $3,000 Limit Hold'em event in 2002 as well as making two other World Series final tables. John has his work cut out for him coming into the final table as the short-stack with $159,000.
As you can see from these credentials, it's a tough final table from chip leader to short-stack and guaranteed to be entertaining. For a full rundown of the action up to this point check out our Live Updates. We're scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m. tomorrow so join us then for the conclusion of the 2007 World Poker Challenge.