2008 World Series: Seconds out, day four
Hello one and all and welcome once again to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada. We're now getting very used to this -- this is the official day four of the tournament, but the eighth day in all -- and many things are similar, but many have changed.
For starters, all of the 474 players unbagging chips in front of me have already cashed in this event. The money bubble burst late last night, leaving PokerStars qualifier Steve Chung a long and lonely trip back to Hong Kong with just a buy in for next year's event for company. Even as he boarded the plane, the whooping was still resounding in the Amazon Room of those who have at least doubled their money.
Some players bust in the final level, taking something in the region of $25,000. You can find their names by clicking HERE.
Among those seeking an even more substantial payday are Team PokerStars Pros Victor Ramdin (471,000), Hevad Khan (338,500) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grosspellier (181,500).
All have been in sparkling form in the past year and have continued their hot streak here. As we have all year, we will track their progress all the way.
PokerStars sponsored plays Kara Scott (171,000) and Kirill Gerasimov (146,500) are also well in the hunt. They too will find us breathing down their neck today and cheering them towards the millions.
Last, and never least at the World Series main event, are the PokerStars qualifiers. Alan Jaffray (908,500), Owen Crowe (900,000), Peter Traply (828,000) and Geert Jans (728,500) are leading that formidable charge, but there are a total of 77 players representing PokerStars in one way or another today. That's 77 from 474, which is a spectacular percentage.
The cards are now in the air. We're scheduled to play five levels today, which will probably go some way towards halving the field. Nothing is ever entirely predictable, so you, like us, will just have to wait and see. The latest chip counts on PokerStars players will appear HERE as we have them.
Remember, you can check out the fine work of our video blog team here in Las Vegas over at PokerStars.tv. There's also details of a daily freeroll tournament in celebration of the official launch of that video platform.
Also please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know any of the qualifiers still in the field and want to give us some stories about them or track their progress. We'll do our best to keep in touch.
In the meantime, sit back and watch with us. It's going to be another frantic and fascinating day.