The Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is bumping today, and although there are no Jason Voorhees-themed events, there's bound to be poker bloodshed as the sharks terrorize the fish on acres of WSOP-branded baize as six events play simultaneously.
Playing out under the mood lighting today are the final tables of Events 21 and 22, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em and $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournaments, respectively. Action kicks off at 2 p.m. PDT and concludes as soon as somebody's wearing a new bracelet, and PokerListings.com will have all of the action on our live updates page.
Plus, check out Thursday's daily recap and get yourself up to speed on where the field stands going into Day 3's play.
On that Day 2 tip are Events 23 and 24, the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em and $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha tournaments. These events started yesterday and will play down to their final tables today under the watchful eyes of those PokerListings.com reporters, with action starting at 2 p.m. for Event 23 and 3 p.m. for Event 24.
Meanwhile, we introduce two more events to the 2008 WSOP with noon's $10,000 World Championship Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em (Event 25) and this evening's $1,500 Seven-Card Razz (Event 26) tournaments.
Event 25 replaces last year's $5,000 World Championship Heads-Up event (Event 31), which despite its lofty title wound up as something of a debacle thanks to the WSOP's failure to cap the field. Said failure resulted in an uneven field of 500 souls, of which more than 150 were given a bye out of the first round of play due to there not being enough opponents to go around. So that was awkward.
This year, there will be a capped field, with a max of 256 players to play down for the bracelet. They'll start on Day 1 with 20-minute levels and play three rounds, with 32 players returning for Day 2 on Saturday. The Sweet Sixteen will earn themselves 30-minute rounds and will play down to Sunday's Final Four, which will feature 40-minute rounds. The heads-up championship will be a best two out of three matches and will also play out on Sunday.
After last year's inauspicious beginning, the $5k Heads-Up World Championship played out as one of the more compelling tournaments on the WSOP schedule, pitting a number of high-profile pros against each other in grudge matches to the metaphorical death.
At the end of three days it was Daniel "Rekrul" Schreiber who emerged victorious, taking down his first WSOP bracelet and $425,594 in spending money after defeating Mark Muchnik two matches to none.
As the heads-up matches progress into the evening, the $1,500 Seven-Card Razz tournament will be kicking off at 5 p.m. PDT. To the layman, Razz is one of the most confusing variants of poker, playing out like Seven-Card Stud but requiring combatants to make the lowest possible hand with aces low and no straights or flushes possible. It's typically practiced by crazies and mixed-game specialists and presents a refreshing, if somewhat disorienting, salve to Hold'emitis.
Last year's event played out as Event 29 and was notable for marking the second time at the WSOP that Paul "Eskimo" Clark collapsed at the poker tables, stopping play midway through Day 2 after being overcome by some unknown health issue. Clark managed to battle through the pain and even made the final table before finally bowing in fourth place, earning $31,186.
Meanwhile, it was PokerStars pro Katja Thater who would take down the title, becoming only the second woman to win the Razz World Championship after defeating Larry St. Jean heads-up to claim her first WSOP bracelet and $132,653 in cash.
Will Katja return to defend her title? Can Rekrul run rampant over the heads-up field once more? Will PokerListings.com stop asking questions to which no one can predict the answer? Find out today, tomorrow and beyond as the action plays out on Friday the 13th in Vegas!