We've entered saturation mode in the Amazon Room, with the WSOP's ambitious schedule of events and decidedly compact time frame contributing to weeks of all-out poker action.
Some pros are so starved for games that they've been reduced to multitabling live action, buying in to one event while playing the second day of another. It's the World Series' particular brand of poker madness, exhilarating for some and exhausting for others, and it's in the here and now and PokerListings is going to tell you about it.
In the final-table division, Events 7 and 8 award their top prizes today, with live action kicking off between 2 and 3 p.m. PDT from the moodily lit corner of the tournament floor. Check our tournament updates and yesterday's daily recap for a primer on the climactic days for both the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em and $10,000 World Championship Mixed events.
Meanwhile, Events 9 and 10 build on yesterday's strong beginnings by playing down through the money to their own final tables. The $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed tournament starts its Day 2 at 2 p.m. PDT, with the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better Day 2 starting an hour later, as befits its 3 a.m. closing time on Thursday night.
Noontime will see the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (Event 11) bow. Shootout events are always popular on the WSOP schedule, particularly with a youth movement for whom grinding online sit-and-gos can be a viable career choice.
These events are in essence three single-table SNGs strung back to back, with the winner at each table advancing to the next round.
This big-buy-in event is new for 2008, with last year's shootout schedule totaling the traditional $1,500 NLHE shootout and an additional $1,500 LHE option. Expect plenty of the world's best online pros to excel in this three-day affair.
The evening starter is the first Limit Hold'em tournament on the board, the $1,500 LHE (Event 12) extravaganza. Cards are in the air at 5 p.m. for this three-day event, which last year played out as Event 6 and featured 910 entrants fighting it out for $1,242,150 in prize money.
In the end, it was Gary Styczynski who captured the title, earning $280,715 and his first WSOP bracelet after defeating Varouzhan Gumroyan in heads-up play when he got all-in with an open-ended straight draw against Gumroyan's ace-high and got there on the turn to seal the deal.
PokerListings.com will have continuing and comprehensive coverage of every event that plays out today, so we'd advise you that it's in your best interests to slough off work and any semblance of a social life in favor of our scintillating live updates, incredible photography and hard-hitting interviews, coming at you live direct from the most exclusive team at the WSOP. Stick around and you just might learn something!