Day 5 will see two final tables play out, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event (#4), and the $2,500 Omaha 8ob/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8ob (Limit) tournament (Event 5). Event 4 will feature a final table with Gavin Smith, Marco Traniello, Eric Lynch, and 2006 bracelet-winner Jon Friedberg.
Meanwhile, the tournament with the most complicated name in the history of non-Lowball WSOP tournaments (Event 5) was fixing to wind up with a marquee final table, with players like Josh Arieh, Scotty Nguyen, and Cyndy Violette making it to the last two tables before falling by the wayside just shy of the eight-player final table.
That's not to say the final table won't be a stunner - among those surviving to play for a bracelet are Annie Duke, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, David Benyamine, Chris Bell, John Phan, and chip-leader Tom "The Schneid" Schneider. Clearly a stacked table worth sweating on PokerListings.com.
The final event of the day was a $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament (#6). The event featured plenty of big names, including Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and the Russian exchange student from American Pie who everyone makes a big deal over, but by the end of the day could not even muster a constipated-looking Andy Bloch to keep things interesting.
Chip leaders at the end of the day (coincidentally, also the bursting of the money bubble) are "Sweet" Tommy Hang ($90,000) and Mike "Nose" Pickett ($80,000), with David Sklansky, Minh Nguyen, and "Minneapolis" Jim Meehan still in contention. Officially, Minh Ly is in there too, but he was across the room playing in the PLO event, so who can say for sure?
Day 5 of the WSOP will feature six events and two final tables, and PokerListings.com will be killing the coverage of each and every one of them. Grab a few hours of sleep and maybe take a shower and then hit us back for more of the greatest tournament coverage in WSOP history. Even asinine media regulations and an organization intent on minimizing their own publicity can't hold us down. See you tomorrow!