2008 PCA: X marks the spot

Things have changed in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantis. What was once a convention centre hosting a poker tournament -- think the Rio, Las Vegas, with fish -- is now a full-on tiki lounge hosting a poker tournament. Think Paradise Island, palm trees, a parrot, a straw cocktail shack, an aquarium, and a treasure chest stocked with the EPT trophy and bounteous wealth.

The bartender in the cocktail hut is wearing a busy, multi-colored shirt. And even Lee Jones is wearing a tie. It's a special day.

The reason? Today we play down from 40 to eight, and we edge ever nearer the $2 million first prize. The television crews have been industriously recreating the Bahamian beauty in the tournament room, while the players themselves have probably been trying to sleep and not really succeeding, dreaming of diving head first into the heap of gold coins.

A reminder of how many gold coins are up for grabs can be found by clicking HERE for the full tournament payout list. The names of those players who have already registered their wins can be found HERE.

They last 40 are unbagging their heaps of chips as I type. Mountains and mountains of red and blue disks are appearing in front of the remaining players, soon to be put to work. For a list of who has what, click HERE for the current chip-counts. We'll keep that list updated throughout the day.

For nine of them, their time in the spotlight has already begun. The cameras are out, the bleechers are packed and you can watch it all live online if you like. The live webcast begins today, so click HERE for the coverage. (The full edited version won't be on television for a while yet.)

We'll have all the updates here throughout the day, as well as interviews and profiles with the players and their families. This is also the best place to find the best tournament photographs.

Continue to check back as we go all the way to the final table.