The final bracelet event outside of the Main Event and the Casino Employees extravaganza kicked off when Event 53, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout, got going this afternoon.
But while there was a ton of action getting down from the 823 players who started the day to the 75 who will come back tomorrow to crown a champion, the real excitement came from the two final tables that played out on either side of the No-Limit Lounge this evening.
A huge crowd gathered on the one side to watch poker's biggest ego try and pull off his first non-Hold'em event bracelet in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. final. PL.com winner interview.
The other side of the lounge was as raucous as a U.K. football stadium and for good reason. Another massive group came to watch the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship final play out in front of the ESPN cameras, with the well-supported Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi looking to defend the very same title his brother took home last year.
But while Mizrachi led for most of the day, his crew of funky Floridians seemed almost quiet compared to the loud and proud Irish massive that filled the other side of the ESPN final table stands to support 2007 Irish Open winner Marty Smyth.
Mizrachi did manage to do us all a favor by grinding down the ever-obnoxious Bill "The Croc" Argyros and sending him home fourth, but his own story ended when he could not get past Canadian online poker god Peter "Apathy" Jetten.
Jetten entered heads-up with Smyth holding a lead, but it wouldn't last after Smyth got it all-in with a wrap against Jetten's ace-high and straightened out on the turn.
From there it was no easy feat for Smyth to prove U.K. Omaha players rule the roost. He eventually got Jetten all-in when both had flopped the same straight, but managed to book the win when he rivered a flush.
It took most of us a little while to calm down from the adrenaline rush provided by a few dozen Milwaukee's Best Lights and the rather exciting final tables, but we here at PL.com also managed to keep our one good eye on Day 2 of the 2008 WSOP's final donkament.
This particular $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event played down just after 3 a.m. to a final nine that oddly enough includes four alliterative names, a first at the WSOP - we hope.
Corwin Cole will start the final table around 2 p.m. tomorrow with the chip lead and Matt Matros won't be far behind.
Rounding out the final nine are Jeff Courtney, David Daneshgar, a rather scary-looking Voitto Rintala, Dan Heimiller, Scott Sitron, Andrey Zaichenko, and a short-stacked Farzad Rouhani, who already has a bracelet win this year.
Both the $1,500 and the Limit Shootout will play down to a winner on Day 34 tomorrow and PL.com will also be playing a little paparazzi as the Hollywood types roll into the Rio for the now-annual Ante Up For Africa charity tournament.
Get here early because when we're this close to the Main Event it's time to start paying real close attention - you may be tested on this material in the final.