It's probably a good time to mention that both Michele Limongi and John Monnette are gunning for their first bracelet here tonight. Limongi has had some good success in mixed games, with results that include a fourth-place finish in a H.O.R.S.E. event here in 2009. Monnette is newer to the game than Limongi, but he's already becoming a household name around the Amazon Room. It helps when you go heads-up with a guy named Ivey. In 2009, Monnette finished second to Mr. Ivey in a 2-7 No-Limit Draw event. He finished in fifth in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship the same summer and has about $750,000 in career earnings.
And then there's Eric Buchman, by far the most accomplished player at the table. He's posted significant cashes in all disciplines of poker at the W.S.O.P., and he's the proud owner of one shiny gold bracelet. It came last year in a $2,000 Limit Hold'em event, and it came with more than $200,000. Still, that's only his fourth-largest career cash. The biggest one came the year prior when he binked more than $2.5 million for a fourth-place finish in the Main Event.