That's right, Monday's action at the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas consists of a brand-spanking-new $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, of which we've seen six play out already this summer.
We've been harping on these events all Dub-Sop, being as how they don't seem to be much of anything but a cash grab by WSOP organizers that dilutes the value of those famous gold bracelets with every home-game hero it glamorizes.
So instead of continuing the same old song about the inherent uselessness of having seven identical bracelet events (and because we have no 2007 version of this tournament to look back on), let's take a stroll down memory lane and have a gander at all of the lucky winners who took down a $1.5k NLHE donkament in the '08 WSOP:
Grant Hinkle, Vitaly Lunkin, Luis Velador, Jesper Hougaard, David Woo, whoever wins the final table of Event 49 this evening and one of the 2,500 or so hopefuls who will pony up their paychecks in this afternoon's running of the donks. All worthy winners, to be sure, but certainly not the names the media has in mind when it anoints this year's World Series the "Year of the Pro."
Anyway, expect total registration to number more than 2,000 souls, with most of the bigger pros probably taking a pass. Frankly, most PokerListings staffers will be happy if Liv Boeree and Erica Schoenberg play, particularly reporter Matt Showell, who is venturing out into the fish pond to play his first WSOP event on Monday and who'll likely welcome a familiar face in the sea of blind hopefuls.
Elsewhere in the Amazon Room we'll watch Event 49 play down to a winner (said that already), Event 50, the World Championship PLO affair, play down to a final table and Event 51, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, do the same.
Regardless of our cantankerous attitude toward the $1,500 events, the PLO and H.O.R.S.E. tournaments will more than make up for any malaise brought on by the turbo Hold'em events.
Stick around and kick it with PokerListings.com as you work on those TPS reports; if you've gotta be at work on Monday, you might as well bring the PL boys along for the ride.