Nothing really differentiates this one (Event 32) from the six others on the WSOP schedule for 2008, except that this one is held on a Tuesday where the others are generally held on a Saturday. So there's that.
Last year, this tournament called itself Event 27 and attracted 2,315 entrants. Figure on there being substantially fewer this time around, since we're playing midweek instead of on the weekend, but all the same we should get a decent four-figure total.
Last year's prize pool amounted to $3,159,975 and 198 players took a piece, with the final table playing out inside the dreaded Poker Shroud and featuring none other than Young Cho as its marquee attraction. Young Cheezy's efforts notwithstanding, it was Dave Stucke, a physics professor from Henderson, Nevada, who walked away with the top prize.
Stucke defeated Cho in heads-up play to take down his first WSOP bracelet and $603,069, as well as this exclusive PokerListings.com interview.
Besides the NLHE donkament, Tuesday will see the commencement of the $5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better tournament. This tournament is probably the exact opposite of the donkament in terms of popularity amongst the masses, attracting 236 runners last year when it played out as Event 24.
The Prince of Poker and the Big Game regular battled it out in a giggly, booze-soaked heads-up match that culminated in Elezra's elimination of Nguyen when he rivered the broadway straight to crack Nguyen's pair of sevens.
For the win, Elezra received $198,984 and his first WSOP bracelet, although as he revealed in this exclusive PokerListings interview, he stood to gain a lot more in side bets from his victory than the actual first-prize money he received.
That gets you up to speed on Tuesday's Day 1 action. We've got three other tournaments playing simultaneously in the Amazon Room today, so hit up our live tournaments page and our daily recaps to get the scoop on everything else that's going down at the Rio today. See you at the tables!