Wednesday was a short day by World Series of Poker standards for the final days of a couple of events, but one should not be worried because two more events will be on their final scheduled day on Thursday. In this edition of the PokerNews What To Watch For, Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix are featured.
Romanello Chasing Triple Crown
With a European Poker Tour title and a World Poker Tour title already notched on his belt, all Roberto Romanello needs to secure poker's "Triple Crown" achievement is a WSOP gold bracelet. He came close last year at WSOP Europe with a final-table appearance but wasn't able to get the job done then. He found his way back at a WSOP final table this summer and only nine people stand in the way of his gold.
Esfandiari Tries To Work His Magic
Antonio Esfandiari was able to conquer his first two tables and will be making his first final table appearance of the 2012 WSOP. Esfandiari captured his first WSOP title in 2004 when he won the $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em and has been looking for No. 2 ever since. He is coming into the final table with a slight edge because he is one of the top three stacks and his form is on point.
Polychronopoulos Looking for Gold in Back-to-Back Years
Also appearing at the final table is Athanasios Polychronopoulos, who won his first bracelet last year in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. He'll be looking for his second bracelet in as many years. Polychronopoulos is widely considered to be one of the best young no-limit hold'em tournament players, and this deep run is another testament to his ability.
Tehan Chasing Gold in Seventh Cash
Rounding out the notable players to appear at the final table is Joe Tehan, who is having a fantastic WSOP this year. Tehan is tied with Terrence Chan for most cashes at the 2012 WSOP with seven finishes in the money. He has yet to win a gold bracelet, though, and will be looking to make this cash complete that check on his to-do list.
Super-Stacked Field of 27 Remains
With 27 players still remaining in Event #37, it's almost guaranteed that this event is going to need a fourth day. That said, we're not going to focus so much on the specifics of a final table because one hasn't been reached yet but rather how absolutely stacked this remain field is.
Of those still in contention are Rep Porter, Jerrod Ankenman, Jen Harman, Scott Seiver, Greg Mueller, Freddy Deeb, Chris Viox, David Baker, Matt Hawrilenko, Steve Zolotow, Jeff Madsen, Barry Greenstein, Steve Sung, Cory Zeidman, Kevin Calenzo and Michael Chow. It's a pretty unreal field of players, but only one of them will be able to win the gold bracelet.
For a full list of who's left complete with chip counts, check out the PokerNews Live Reporting Blog.
As always, you can find PokerNews' coverage of the 2012 WSOP on our Live Reporting Pages. We look forward to having you follow along and stay tuned for plenty more from our What To Watch For series.