Tonight's action will see bracelets awarded for two events, with the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed (Event 9) and $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Eight-or-Better (Event 10) tournaments playing down to their logical conclusions before tomorrow. Hit up our live updates page and yesterday's recap to get up to speed on the final tables.
Meanwhile, Events 11 and 12, the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout and $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournaments, will play through the money bubbles and down to their final nine players before turning out the lights for the night. As usual, you'll be able to follow all of the action on our trademark live update pages.
And in other news, Events 13 and 14 are kicking the proverbial tires and lighting the proverbial fires today. The former is $2,500 tournament featuring that Unlimited Hold Them the kids seem to be talking about ($2,500 No Limit Hold'em for the uninformed). It's a three-day event that last year attracted 1,013 entrants and 2,329,900 dollars, back when it was Event 19.
Francois Safieddine took home the lion's share of the prize money, earning $521,785 and his first WSOP bracelet after outlasting a final table that included Bertrand Grospellier, Alex Bolotin, Humberto Brenes, Devin Porter and John Phan, the latter of whom fell in second-place after his pocket aces were cracked by Safieddine's pocket fours after Fifth Street brought a third heartbreaking four.
Later on in the evening, the poker world will line up to determine who is the studliest of them all with the $10,000 World Championship Stud event the proving grounds. For 2008, the buy-in for the most studly of poker tournaments has been doubled, and doubling with it are the starting stacks, which get a jolt up to $20,000 in this three-day affair.
Last year's $5,000 World Championship attracted 180 studly hopefuls, many of them studs and even more of them not so much. The prize pool totaled $846,000 and 24 players made bank, including Johnny Chan (18th), Thor Hansen (13th), Marco Traniello (8th), Ted Lawson (6th) and David Oppenheim (3rd).
Heads-up play pitted poker superstar Phil Ivey against lesser-known pro Chris Reslock, but with Reslock holding a commanding chip lead the outcome was never really in doubt. The former cab driver from Chicago made it stick, clinching the victory with trip tens against Ivey's two pair to capture the $258,453 grand prize and his first WSOP bracelet, as well the prestigious mantle of Dude Studly for the year.
Will Reslock be able to hold on to that title and in the process claim his second WSOP bracelet? Or will Ivey return to take his revenge? Only PokerListings.com knows, and we will reveal the information incrementally over the next three days. Keep yourself rooted to your desk as we play poker Nostradamus and we foretell you won't be disappointed.