WSOP: The mad rush to the main event

It's been four weeks of madness. The money, the fatigue, the bad beats, they are all about to be a mere memory (and a gazillion words of poker blogging). That is one way of saying, the preliminary events are on the verge of running directly into the main event. Still, these run-up events continue and we're on top of them. Here's a look at what's going on today:

  • Emad Tahtouh, inspiration to Joe Hachem's 2005 WSOP bid, made the final table of the $5,000 PL Hold'em event. Team Blog's Alison Lightman tracked Tahtouh's progress through the day. Read the final table updates.

  • Team Blog's Wil Wheaton has been tracking the pros as the main event nears. Check out his report, Under Pressure.

  • The $1,000 rebuy event that started yesterday (talk about madness) is in its second day and is down to the final three tables. Among the remaining 27 players is Team PokerStars' Humberto Brenes. Brenes has managed to navigate his way through the rebuy silliness and made it deep in this event. As the tables consolidate, Brenes sits in 13th place.

  • Other events going on today: $1,000 Limit Hold'em shootout and $1,000 Stud Hi-lo. Both of the events are in the early going. We'll keep an eye on the folks from the PokerStars fold and update you on their progress as the evening goes on.

  • PokerStars WSOP satellites ended last night. The final $650 super satellite awarded an amazing 55 seats in the last night of action. Right now, it looks like PokerStars will be sending in the neighborhood of 1600 players to the main event. Action starts Friday.

  • And while all of this has been going on, PokerStars went and launched the biggest online poker freeroll ever. This $2.5 million freeroll, the Moneymaker Millionaire kicked off this morning. The five-month free-roll series will end up sending 27 finalists to the Bahamas during the 2007 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to compete for a $1 million first prize. Did I mention it is free? Apparently some people have already heard. The first event capped out this morning at 10,000. Check out the Moneymaker Millionaire for all the details.

    So, yeah, things are a bit mad around here. What's more, they are about to get even crazier. Fortunately, Team Blog is expanding and will provide you the best coverage of your PokerStars players than you have ever seen. Stay tuned for more details on who you will be reading in the coming days.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker