Wow, is it really almost over? It's hard to believe that several weeks ago, the 2010 WSOP was just kicking off and now we're set to play down to the November Nine. After today, the players who make it through will get some time off knowing they've made it one step closer to poker immortality.
Joseph Cheong comes into the day as the chip leader with 24,490,000 in chips. He trailed rather closely by Soi Nguyen with 23,100,000. The only other player over 15 million is Pascal LeFrancois with 15,780,000. Just because the common fan may not recognize those names, there's still plenty of firepower left in the field.
Multiple bracelet winner Scott Clements is still alive, as is Johnny Lodden and William Thorson. David Baker, Adam Levy, John Racener and Hasan Habib are returning, too. The story doesn't end there though, as we're looking at poker history when it comes to Michael Mizrachi.
Winning multiple WSOP Main Events is one amazing goal, but capturing the $50,000 Player's Championship and then the Main Event in the same year is something that would be absolutely outstanding if Mizrachi could pull it off. Mizrachi was one of four brothers to cash in the Main Event, which is history in itself and the fact that he's still around is an amazing feat. It would be hard to bet against him with the year he's been having so far this summer.
Play kicks off at noon here in Vegas, but that might be delayed a bit as all the staff and ESPN set up to get the tape rolling. PokerNews will be here live from the floor with all the updates as we move towards finalizing the November Nine.