Where it's at! The Rio is filled to the gills today as two events work toward winners this afternoon while two more play a second day and two more get under way.
The $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em final table began play at 2 p.m. today. Joe Tehan led the way into the event with $458,000 in chips and the other pro at the table, David Singer, was sitting low in second-to-last position with $85,000.
Initially, the players seemed to be in silent agreement to play super-cautious, rarely seeing a flop. After about an hour, however, Singer came to life and doubled up twice in a matter of four hands.
The move pushed him from second-to-last to second in the chip count.
Meanwhile, Jacobo Fernandez, who started out the day second in chips, has surpassed Tehan. He's up over $1 million in chips, with Singer in the second-place seat with $350,000 in chips, according to the T.J. Cloutier, Jonathan Little, Rafe Furst, Ted Lawson and more.
The second $10,000 World Championship event of the 2008 World Series of Poker got under way at 5 p.m. today with players looking forward to a mix of eight events.
Doyle Brunson mentioned in his blog that he was cherry-picking events this year to save himself for the ones he thought he'd have a great chance in, and this is one of them. He's an old-school pro who can take on any variation, so the $10,000 Mixed Event is right up his alley.
This event has the players rotating through eight different poker variations. They are: 2-7 Triple Draw, Fixed-Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better, No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha.
Brunson isn't the only former Main Event champ who's been spotted among the 170-plus players already seated and playing. Berry Johnston, Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen and Greg Raymer are also in the event.
There could be still more players to show up and there are certainly plenty of other popular poker pros in the mix.
For all the action from the 2008 WSOP, head to the Live Tournaments section where you'll find live updates, photos, interviews, videos and more.