A record-setting Event 2 of the 2008 World Series of Poker finally found a winner in the wee morning hours this morning after having to start its final day on Tuesday with 18 players instead of nine.
Today, poker action will continue with the start of Event 7 at noon and Event 8 starting at 5 p.m. Meanwhile Events 4 and 5 will continue into their second days of play and Event 3 will find a winner.
And the winner is ... Grant Hinkle! The record-breaking $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event is finally over as of an ungodly hour early this morning, and it was Grant Hinkle, from Kansas City, Mo., who defeated the 3,929-strong playing field to take home an $831,462 payout.
Because of the large playing field for the event, Day 1 had to be split in two with 2,048 players in Day 1a and another 1,881 players signing up for Day 1b.
The tournament was in for some long days with that many people anteing up, and Day 2 on Monday proved to be the longest as the remaining 447 survivors took to their seats to try to play down to the final nine. After a 16-hour day, tournament officials consulted with ESPN and decided to break play at 18 instead of the final table for the day.
When the players returned on Tuesday, Hinkle was below average in the chip count, and probably most of the people in the room wouldn't have picked him as a possible winner. Not with Perry Friedman and Michael Binger, Chad Brown, Billy Baxter and Clonie Gowan.
One hundred and six players will resume action today under the watchful eye of the PokerListings tournament reporting team.
The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event drew 833 participants for its first day of play on Tuesday, creating a $1,137,045 prize pool that will pay out to 81 players. The winner will receive $242,343.
There are 202 players left who'll resume play today, with James Van Alstyne leading the way. Some other pros who made it through Day 1 of the tournament are Bryan Devonshire, Jimmy Fricke, Robert Mizrachi, Scott Clements, Allen Kessler and Perry Friedman.
One of the unfortunate casualties of the day was Shannon Elizabeth, decked on in the Doyles Room logo. She was off to a great start early in the day but took a bad beat later, which led her to take a break from the table before returning to try to nurse a short stack back to health.
Unfortunately, it just wasn't to be for the actress-turned-poker-player.
Event 7 and Event 8
The poker action will start at noon today with $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em for Event 7. In 2007 this was Event 10, and it drew in more than 1,500 players. The winner and recipient of more than $560,000 was Will Durkee.
At 5 p.m. Event 8, $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event, gets its start as it challenges players to take on eight different variations of poker. The event is new this year and it's anyone's guess who will show up to play.
Stay tuned to the Live Tournaments section as the tournament team continues to bring you reports, live updates, videos, interviews and more straight from the 2008 World Series of Poker.