Almost two weeks ago, Max Pescatori won his Vanessa Selbst personally eliminating two Mizrachi brothers in her quest to best last year's fourth place finish and perhaps claim her second bracelet of the 2008 WSOP.
Also playing down to the final table was Event 26, the $1,500 Seven Card Razz event. 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider finished tenth, just barely missing the final table, but his absence will be filled by the likes of Barry Greenstein and Archie "The Greek" Karas, who is having something of a resurgence at this year's Dub-Sop.
Playing out their first days were the weekly $1,500 NLHE donkament, which gathered a field of 2,706 and reduced it to 224 by day's end (Bernard Lee is chipleader with $167,000) and Event 28, the spectacle that is the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys tournament. The latter attracted 152 players and 483 rebuys and managed to reduce the field to 56 by day's end. Emmanuel Sebag and David Benyamine are at the top of the chip leaderboard.
Check out our live tournament page for everything this recap may have missed and peep our stylish blogs for a sense of what's really good at the Rio. And then get off that railbird tip and get into the game. It's like a license to print money out here!