Saturday at the 2008 WSOP means only one thing: another $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament will make its introductions. Today's event marks the culmination of a mystifying week of high stakes poker action that saw four, count 'em, four $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournaments play out on the floor of the Amazon Room.
Since last Saturday, we've seen Events 27, 32 and 36 bow, each featuring those four-figure crowds and multi-million dollar prize pools that the donkaments are famous for. What they're not famous for are relaxed structures and WSOP-worthy quality of play, but the teeming hordes are still lining up to register so there's likely no end in sight for the saturation of low-level Hold'em events at the Dup-Sop.
Today we welcome Event 39, the third-last $1,500 on the 2008 schedule. This three-day event should feature between two- and three-thousand entrants, more than half of whom will be eliminated by the dinner break.
With no other events on the schedule for today, however, we should see plenty of pros in the mix and the opportunity for a decent final table is stronger than in other tournaments, where higher-profile 5 p.m. events commanded the bulk of the big names' attention.
Last year, this tournament played as Event 38, attracting 2,778 entrants who fought it out over a prize pool worth $3,791,970. Two hundred and seventy players took a paycheck from this event, including renowned poker blogger Dr. Pauly, who finished in 119th for $4,740.
Also making bank in the event was one Erica Schoenberg, who busted the good doctor on her way to a third-place finish worth $261,646. E-Scho would be denied her first WSOP bracelet, however, as that honor eventually went to Vancouver businessman/poker paragon Robert Cheung.
Cheung defeated Richard Murnick in heads-up play to claim the $673,628 first prize and his first WSOP bracelet. He also claimed the honor of this exclusive PokerListings.com interview, which is worth its theoretical weight in gold.
Besides Event 39, Saturday's action will also see two bracelets awarded and a fourth event play down to its own final table. Check our 2008 WSOP and Live Tournaments section for full details, and peep last night's recap blog for a full primer on what to expect from the more mature events on today's agenda.
Then head on over to our WSOP qualification pages to see if you can beat the multitudes and claim your own bracelet. We gone.