Starting out bright and early (that's 12 p.m. for anybody playing at the WSOP) was Event 52, No-Limit Hold'em w/rebuys. There were plenty of big name players for railbirds to gawk at. We're talking Shannon Elizabeth, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth, Erick Lindgren, Bill Chen, Mike Matusow and many more.
Jamie Gold (who has stopped wearing those ridiculous reflective glasses, thank god) improbably took the lead early on. Gold and Joe Hachem were seated at the same table for a period of time and got into some interesting battles.
Eventually, however, Gold couldn't maintain his massive lead and David Williams and Steve "Mr. Smokey" Billirakis swooped in to take over that role.
So far Event 52 has been a fun event with some big name players still in the mix. Check back tomorrow to see if Williams or Billirakis can secure a spot at the final table.
At 2 p.m. the final table of Event 49, No-Limit Hold'em began with Greg "FBT" Mueller in pursuit of his first bracelet. Unfortunately the event took place in the shroud of secrecy and the usual one hour webcast delay and sworn secrecy applied so updates were few and far between.
Mueller ended up busting out a disappointing 8th and will have to wait another day to finally lay his claim to WSOP gold.
It came down to simply-named Taylor Douglas and the not-so-simply named Chandrasekhar Bellavara doing battle in heads-up play. Bellavara emerged the ultimated victor when his A♣ 7♠ was enough to beat Douglas' Q♣ 9♠.
The coffee shop owner from San Francisco started the day as the short stack but through smart play and a couple great hands he grabbed all the glory for himself. Congratulations to Bellavara.
Also starting back up again at 2 p.m. was Event 50, Pot-Limit Hold'em. Today was originally intended to be final table day for Event 50 but because we still had a large field it had to be extended to a three day event.
It just might be worth it, however, as the final table that was eventually decided is as stacked as they come. Doyle Brunson, Patrik Antonius, Marco Traniello, Robert Mizrachi, Rene Mouritsen , Tommy Ly, Jonas Flug-Entin, Steve Sung and Stephen Ladowski will take part in the fun. Unfortunately Andy Bloch, Annie Duke and Scotty Nguyen just missed out or we might have the final table of the decade. Check back tomorrow at 2 p.m. to see if Brunson can catch up with Phil Hellmuth by winning his 11th bracelet.
It was all about the S.H.O.E. at 5 p.m. Event 51, S.H.O.E. was ALSO supposed to wrap up today but didn't and will now need a day 3 to play out the final table. Way to schedule things, Harrahs.
Big bust-outs of the day included Erik Seidel and Alexander Kravchenko but the real story of the day was the play of Raymond Davis. Davis was busting players right and left and even went so far as to hit a royal flush at one point. Good day? I think so.
That's about it from the Rio on Day 32 of the 2007 WSOP. Check back tomorrow to see the exciting Event 50 final table (featuring Doyle Brunson, Patrick Antonius and more) as well as the almost as exciting Event 51 final table (featuring Raymond Davis). David Williams and the gang will see who can get to the final table of Event 52. Day 1 of Event 53, LHE Shootout will also begin so it should be another jam-packed day of poker.
Good night and good luck!