Yesterday we saw the field reduced to only 67 players and when action begins anew at 3 p.m. PDT we'll see that number drop even further. The plan is to play six more levels this evening before concluding for the night, and with pros like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein in the hunt it should be an action-packed day.
But Friday's not just about the H.O.R.S.E. World Championship, although that will certainly be the main focus. We'll also see the final table of Event 44, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em w/Rebuys tournament, play out. That final table features Alex Bolotin and Scott "SCTrojans" Freeman as its headliners and will be something to watch when you've had your fill of all the mixed-game excitement.
We'll also see Thursday's events, the $5k NLHE Six-Max and $1,500 SCSHLEOB tournaments play down to their own final tables. Event 46 (Six-Max) features plenty of online pros doing battle with the live donks over short-handed supremacy, while Event 47 (Stud) is sure to provide hours of entertainment for those of us who like our bets capped and our pots chopped.
And we'll also say hello to Event 48, the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, as it kicks off its own proceedings at noon.
We've seen low-buy-in NLHE tournaments before and we'll see them again (Saturday will feature another weekly $1.5k donkament), but as the only tournament of the day this one's sure to get a decent turnout and you can expect those pros who've managed to extricate themselves from their H.OR.S.E. responsibilities will show up to add their own voices to the fray.
Last year's Event 47, the 2007 $2k NLHE tournament attracted 2,038 runners and its prize pool totaled $3,709,160. Fully 198 of those entrants were paid, and the July 1 final table featured Joe Pelton, Roland De Wolfe and Anna Wroblewski as its principals.
In the end, Kill Phil coauthor Blair Rodman emerged as the sole man left standing, defeating Amato Galasso in heads-up play to claim the $707,898 first prize, as well as his first WSOP bracelet and first PokerListings.com interview.
Speaking of Phil, the Hellmuthian one has been mostly silent throughout the Dub-Sop proceedings thus far, but it is in donkalicious Hold'em events like this that he's made his mark. Could this be the tournament that launches the Poker Brat's quest for a record 12th WSOP bracelet? Keep it locked on the PL and we'll keep you notified.
Check out our WSOP section and last night's daily recap blog for all of the gory details about Thursday's action. Then get some action of your own with our poker room bonuses and kill Phil your own way.