Yesterday saw the Freddy Deeb (45th), Greg Mueller, but in the end it was online pro Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis who earned the title, defeating Mueller in heads-up play, winning the $536,287 first prize and in the process becoming the youngest player ever to win a WSOP bracelet at the tender age of 21 years and 11 days.
Despite being stripped of its World Championship status for 2008, this event is sure to attract the names and the money, even if it isn't likely to feature a bracelet winner who eclipses Billirakis' impressive achievement.
We anticipate plenty of action and excitement over the next three days, with action scheduled to play eight levels on Day 1 and down to the final table on Day 2 before reconvening for the race down to the bracelet on Day 3.
Besides the two Day 1's, Monday will also feature Day 2 of the four-day $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, wherein the survivors of Days 1a and 1b will play into the money and beyond, with a space at tomorrow's final table the ultimate goal.
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