Day 8: Pros versus amateurs

Michael Banducci
Banducci is a bracelet winner.

After a week of play and the six events done, the 2008 World Series of Poker has seen five professional players earn bracelets and one amateur win.

Two more professional poker players claimed bracelets on Thursday, leaving Grant Hinkle, Event 2's winner, the only amateur to make it to the top so far this year.

Event 5

Sammy Farha, Jeff Madsen and Eli Elezra. Also in the mix is Tom "durrrr" Dwan.

The chip counts, courtesy of, are:

  • Matt Glantz: $1.1 million
  • James "" Mackey: $742,000
  • Tom "durrrr" Dwan: $642,000
  • Michael DeMichelle: $434,000
  • Sammy Farha: $374,000
  • Anthony Rivera: $274,000
  • Jeff Madsen: $149,000
  • Eli Elezra: $76,000

Play will resume today at 4 p.m.

Event 9

After its first day of play, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event is down from the original 1,236 players to 71.

Leading the pack is Matt Matros, and some of the pros who will be fighting to make it to the final table today are Thomas Fuller, Jared Hamby and more.

Play resumes at 2 p.m.

Event 10

Event 9 may have whittled its massive playing field down quite quickly, but the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event wasn't quite that lucky with its start on Thursday.

With 388 players signing up, the field was considerably smaller than the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed, but it was only able to cut its playing field down to 108 to start today.

Jordan Rich will start the day with a very slim chip lead over his nearest competitor. Also in the pack are John Racener, Brandon Cantu, Allen Kessler, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Bill Gazes, Allen Cunningham, Greg Raymer, Jeffery Lisandro, Scott Clements, Howard Lederer and more.

Play resumes at 3 p.m.

Event 11 and Event 12

Kicking off today's run of poker tournaments will be the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event. Billed as Event 11, it is scheduled to start play at noon PDT.

Event 12, the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event, starts up this evening at 5 p.m.

There's going to be plenty of poker action to go around all day long, so tune in to the PokerListings Live Tournaments section for all the latest and greatest live updates, reports, photos, interviews and more.

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