What began with 470 players in the 2014 World Series of Poker Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low is now down to the final 18. Today, one of them will walk away with the $267,327 first-place prize and a gold bracelet. Right now the man best positioned to do it is no stranger to gold in eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel.
Seidel will lead to start today's play with 444,000. However, if he hopes to capture his ninth bracelet he'll have to overcome a tough field that includes Mike Leah (374,000), John Kabbaj (326,000), Joe Tehan (152,000), Tom Schneider (124,000), Robert Mizrachi (110,000), Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (106,000) and Matt Glantz (66,000). Glantz enters as the short stack after walking into the royal flush of Andrey "gigaloff" Zhigalov (197,000) late last night.
Others still in the mix include seven-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Chris Reslock (243,000), who was down to just 4,500 late on Day 2 but managed to spin it up; Day 1 chip leader Fu Wong (224,000); a blast from the past in Thomas "Thunder" Keller (221,000); and WSOP bracelet winners Konstantin Puchkov (106,000) and Owais Ahmed (105,000).
The plan for the day is to play to a winner no matter how long that might take. Cards will be in the air at 2 p.m. local time, which is about an hour from now. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then as they bring you all the action and eliminations on the way to crowning a champion in Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low.