Sure, the Main Event starts tomorrow. It's already been a wild week full of highlights, too, at the 2013 World Series of Poker, with bracelets awarded in Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em, Event #51: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship, and Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players Championship, just to list a few.
But here's one more preliminary event that should capture the attention of poker fans before the weekend kicks off. The third and final day of Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball begins in a couple of hours, and with just 10 players left there's much to be excited about as the field includes no less than six WSOP bracelet holders among the talented group of players who remain.
David "ODB" Baker begins the final day with the chip lead. He's in search of his second career WSOP bracelet after having finished third in this same event in 2012. He's excited, too, about the coming day of poker and the chance to compete with several of poker's top players:
Nothing in poker more fun than being really deep in a wsop event, especially when surrounded by pokers elite. Excited and prepared for todayFollow @audavidb
Baker isn't exaggerating when he describes his opponents as belonging among the "elite" of poker. In second position is five-time bracelet winner David Chiu, followed closely by Scott Seiver (one bracelet) and Michael Mizrachi (three bracelets). Still in the hunt as well with below average stacks are Daniel Negreanu (five bracelets) and Eli Elezra (one bracelet). Meanwhile Alexander Condon, Eric Wasserson, Brian Brubaker, and Mike Watson are seeking first bracelets today, all of whom will likewise provide stiff competition for Baker.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. local time. Come back here then for start-to-finish coverage of what will surely be another exciting day of poker from the 2013 WSOP.
While we wait for the first discards and draws of the day, here's Lynn Gilmartin with today's update: