There is still a drama-packed - and what promises to be star-studded - final table to play on Tuesday. It will be awesome, lives will change - and the media room may even be catered; but as Sean Connery shaid sho wishely to Crishtopher Lambert: "There can be only one."
When Tuesday night crowns the newest poker champion of the galaxy, there will be plenty to celebrate; but there will be plenty to mourn - like the end of this year's Alex Kravchenko's win in Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better marked another first for the World Series of Poker. In an increasingly international playing field, Kravchenko became the first Russian citizen to earn a WSOP-bejeweled wrist.
Kravchenko's win is a reflection of the worldwide popularity of the Series, which brought record-breaking attendance in many events. Mind you, not everyone who signed up sat down to play; and not everyone who played finished their event.
We're thinking of Vinnie Vinh, who simply failed to show up some days - sometimes while chip leader - and who cashed more with an empty chair than we ever will. Here's hoping Vinnie is strong enough to finish an event next year.
Vinh isn't the only player we hope to revisit in 2008 - hanging with the universe's paragon players is one of the greatest joys of the World Series of Poker. There is no better time to meet with Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Barry Greenstein - all in the same men's room.
It is only during the World Series that you will be delighted the bartender at the driving range is ignoring you - because she is hypnotized by the enigma of Phil Ivey, sitting just to your right. This time of year is simply the pinnacle of poker parley.
There isn't only poker to look forward to, however. Make your travel plans now and you will have much to look forward to in 2008. With so much to offer, it is surprising that Las Vegas doesn't enjoy more visitors looking to spend their summer in the middle of the desert.
There is the food, for example - when dinner is spelled "B-U-F-F-E-T" (Ooo, it sounds French!) and the "Elegant" in "Elegant Brownie" means "The Size of Your Head," you know your time will not be spent starving.
The culture is also arresting, particularly at World Series time. There is very little more interesting than watching a poker player win hundreds of thousands of dollars - except perhaps watching that player spend those dollars in a city known for its fascinating vices.
The sight of a fresh-faced bracelet winner and his or her entourage being ejected from one of Sin City's finer establishments - for showering the crowd with bottles of $500 champagne while paying to be publicly beaten by exotic dancers - is not one to be found in every holiday destination.
Which is why every poker partisan must make immediate plans to revisit the greatest experience known to card-kind. Before another chip falls, book your room for next year - then you can fully enjoy the stunning conclusion of this year's World Series of Poker, as provided by the peerless pronouncements of the planet's premium poker prodigies at PokerListings.com. See you there.