The first real donkament of the 2008 Matt Stout, Theo Tran and Bill Chen.
The other action on this second day of WSOP madness featured the playdown to the final table in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em World Championship. Play began with 70 runners remaining from Day 1 and Eli Elezra leading them all.
However, the 2007 WSOP Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo World Champion couldn't make it happen, bowing out 19th when he couldn't seem to get away from online phenom Mike Sowers. PL.com reporter Ed Sevillano couldn't seem to get away from Sowers either and conducted an interview with the young man you will find over here.
This thing started with a field chock-full of poker's best and will end up that way as well. The field was chopped rather quickly until there were 10 left, but we didn't get down to the final nine until close to 5 a.m. when the unofficial fifth member of the Hendon Mob, Brit John Kabbaj, finally became the bubble boy. In the end though, this final table shapes up as a battle of behemoths.
Full Tilt pro Andy Bloch will go in with his best shot at his first bracelet since finishing second to the late Chip Reese in the $50k H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2006 WSOP. He's sitting on a little over $2 million in chips - enough for an almost two to one lead over the nearest competition. Bloch has to be considered one of the best players in the world without the World Series of Poker gold to prove it and the masses will surely be pulling for him to finally pull it off.
Bloch will have to be at his best though as that competition is as stiff as it gets. Three-time WPT final-table participant and one-time winner Nenad Medic made a late charge in the wee hours of the morning and will come into the final in second position with a $1.2 million stack.
A couple big names in poker who are perhaps more famous for their TV work than their tournament results will be there as well. The voice of the WPT, Mike Sexton, will come into play Sunday with over $1 million in chips in third spot. Despite the lack of recent results, Sexton does have a WSOP bracelet and looks to be a force to be reckoned with here.
Phil Laak, who costars in a prop bet TV show dubbed I Bet You with buddy Antonio Esfandiari, is the other TV star still here. Laak hasn't done much lately that isn't made for TV, but he did come a close second to Johnny Chan in a $2,500 Pot-Limit event back in 2005 and will be looking for that or even better when he opens a bag full of $425,000 in chips at the start of play.
The big names continue with 2004 WSOP bracelet winner Kathy Liebert headed into the final nine with around $300,000 in chips and Patrik Antonius, who bubbled the final table of eight in that same Bloch-Reese $50k H.O.R.S.E event back in '06 and who will join Bloch and the others here as the short stack on $230k.
It's Sowers who sits fourth in chips with $675,000 and the field is rounded out with Amit Makhija ($525k), who made 20th at the EPT Grand Final this year and 11th at the Wynn Classic, and Chris Bell ($455k), who final-tabled a stud event at the WSOP last year.
The action will get under way at 3 p.m. local time in front of the ESPN cameras and PL.com's watchful eyes.
Us PokerListings ballers will be back with even more titillating poker action tomorrow beginning at noon on the West Coast and you can always decide to join us in person here a little later on in the WSOP by clicking here and kicking butt.