Tim "Tiny Dancer" Vance was the first to fall, committing the majority of his stack with jacks facing a raise and reraise. When the reraiser shipped, the EPT Copenhagen champ made his second mistake by calling all-in and was quickly plowed down by pocket rockets.
Two-time Jonathan Little was in the mix today, but never got big stacked in his attempt at back-to-back WPT titles, and that's now over.
However, when things do get going Thursday, just after 12 p.m. PT, two-time WPT final tablist Amnon Fillipi will be right there on $1.3 million. Two-time WPT final tablist Steve Sung is equally as stacked, and the WSOP bracelet-adorned Robert Mizrachi is not far off the pace.
Having been here and done that before, WPT Title holder and two-time runner-up Hoyt Corkins is also over $1.2 million and right in the thick of this thing, while November Niner Chino Rheem, newfound tournament circuit cash machine Clonie Gowen and successful poker vet Tom Pniak are the only other players over $1 million in chips. Although William Klein is right there on $999,000.
The shorter stacks include Martin de Knijff, Joe McGowan, Benjamin Tollerene and the aforementioned Nick Schulman, who actually looked like he was ready to take this whole tournament over before self-proclaimed donkey Evan McNiff called his push with A-Q and three-outed Schulman's kings.
A good mix of young talent and proven players fills the roster here in the final 18 and they'll play down to what should be an excellent final table of six tomorrow.
Unless the forecast calls for a few more feet of the white stuff, PL.com will be on the scene and you're welcome to join us. Just take a snow day, cozy up in front of the computer and click right here.