Yesterday afternoon, five members of our 27-player field saw their chip stacks reduced to nothing, leaving us 22 contenders for the title of "Champion of Champions." In about thirty minutes' time they'll return to the Amazon Room, which, at the moment is extraordinarily quiet and sparsely populated. ESPN's cameras are in place here on the main stage-- they'll be live-streaming the featured table action on ESPN3 this afternoon, while we'll be ringside on all three tables bringing you up-to-the minute action.
Erik Seidel comes into play as the chip leader with more than 72,000 in his stack. He is closely trailed by Johnny Chan and Mike Matusow, while on the other end of the spectrum, Doyle Brunson, Joe Cada, and Annie Duke are looking to double up early in order to remain in contention.
Check back with us at Noon Pacific time as we begin the march through another four levels of play.