Thirty-four days ago the first events of the 2008 Plan is to play five levels a day all the way through to Day 6, Sunday, July 13, at which point we'll play down to the final 27 players. Monday's Day 7 will see the field further reduced, this time to the final nine, at which point we'll call it quits for the summer and take a five-month break before returning for the final table on November 9-10.
Not that you need the reminder, but Tuan Lam in heads-up play to claim his first WSOP bracelet, $8,250,000 and literally oodles of fame - most of it coming courtesy this exclusive PokerListings.com interview.
Yang has had a full year as poker's ambassador but has shied away from the spotlight, although after Jamie Gold's somewhat rocky tenure as Big Man on Campus, maybe that's something to be thankful for. The Shadow will be back to defend his title, that much is certain, but the odds against a repeat are so astronomical we feel confident in predicting there will be no Yangbang this year.
Who will win? Only PokerListings.com knows, and we've been sworn to secrecy until November. We do, however, have trouble keeping secrets. Stick around over the next couple weeks and we might be persuaded to reveal the information little by little, just so long as you don't tell anyone.