After ten grueling levels of Six-Handed Limit Hold'em action, Event #48 has played down to the final two tables, and tomorrow's final day will certainly be a star-studded affair. Professionals Maria Ho (291,000), Juha Helppi (200,000), and David "Bakes" Baker (178,000) will all be returning for their shot at that coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.
Throughout the day we lost a number of other notable names, including defending champion Ronnie Bardah, the "Italian Pirate" Max Pescatori, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (32nd), former WSOP Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro (30th), and inspirational story Hal Lubarsky (23rd place). The action was fast and furious from the first level onward, with the limits escalating every hour and players applying maximum pressure on every street.
The money bubble was reached midway through Day 2, and with the six-handed format, the bustouts occurred regularly and rapidly to bring 36 players into the money. Once the bubble burst, play accelerated rapidly and the night ended with only 12 runners remaining.
Tomorrow play will resume at 2 p.m. local time, and the newest WSOP champion will be crowned. David Baker will be seeking his fifth final table of the summer, and the third gold bracelet of his young career, while Maria Ho is in the running for the most important piece of jewelry she will ever wear. Paul Mattioda is on the verge of making the transition from circuit grinder to WSOP champion, while Juha Helppi will try to add an American title to his long list of European triumphs.
Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 2 p.m. to follow all of the Limit Hold'em action live from the floor of the Rio, as the WSOP's latest champion is crowned!