As has become the norm in the Jeffrey Pollack era, Thursday's WSOP action will fill the Amazon Room with six distinct events playing out simultaneously. We're poker addicts, so we're not complaining, but we do kind of fear for the health of those players who are trying to play in all 54 WSOP events this year. Slow down, fellas!
We've got two final tables on the docket today. Starting at 2 p.m. PST is the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha (Event 19) finale, and at 3 p.m. the $2,000 Limit Hold'em (Event 20) tournament. We'll have live coverage of both of these events, including an exclusive interview with the new bracelet winners, so keep it locked right here for updates, and don't forget to check out last night's recap to get primed on all the action leading up to both final tables.
It's the penultimate day for Events 21 and 22, the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em and $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournaments, with action kicking off at 2 p.m. for the NLHE affair and 3 p.m. for the mixed games. Plan is to play down to the final table in both events, and as above PokerListings.com will have all of the gory details throughout the day and into the night, just so long as you keep your eyes on our live updatery prize.
Before all the Day 2 and Day 3 fun gets going, however, we'll start Day 1 of the 23rd event of the year, another $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event in what seems to be a WSOP filled with low-level NLHE donkaments. This three-day event starts at noon and is sure to attract a whole whack of pros, amateurs, and randoms anxious to see what all this Unlimited Hold Them fuss is all about.
Last year, this event ran as Event 25 and attracted a whopping 1,619 entrants. The prize pool amounted to $2,946,580 and 153 players took a piece, with the final table consisting of Travis "TravestyFund" Rice and eight more or less unknowns.
When all was said and done, Chicago-area radio man Ben Ponzio took down the top prize, defeating David Hewitt in heads-up play to take down his first-ever WSOP bracelet, as well as $599,647 in cold, hard cash, presumably enough of a win to convince his wife and daughter to forgive him for spending Father's Day at the poker table and not back home in Illinois.
Thursday will also see the commencement of the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha tournament. This three-day event starts at five p.m. and combines the joys of both Pot Limit variants of mainstream poker into one handy, bite-sized package. The action starts with Hold'em and the games change every nine hands in this new-for-2008 extravaganza, so if betting the pot is your raison d'être, tune in right here and we'll hold you down Eurorounders style.
Anyway, that's the roster for the day and PokerListings.com will have all of the action up close and personal in our Live Tournaments section. Your boss reads our coverage; shouldn't you?