We just spotted Andrew Brown in the field, and it jogged our memory. In 2008, this blogger was covering a great final table in the $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event where Brown picked up the bracelet and nearly a quarter-million dollars. He beat Ted Forrest heads up in that event, and he's in the field today too.
John Monnette limped in from early position, and Alessio Isaia followed suit from the cutoff seat before Shannon Shorr raised on the button. Humberto Brenes called from the blinds, and so too did Monnette and Isaia. The flop fell , and the action checked to Shorr, who fired a continuation bet. His three opponents called.
All four players checked the on the turn, and after the was dealt on the river, the action checked to Shorr again. He bet, but only found one caller: Isaia. Shorr tabled for an ace-high flush, no low, and Isaia mucked his hand.
Team PokerStars Pro has a nice little family game going over there. At Table 125 sits Barry Greenstein (USA), Vanessa Selbst (USA), and the aforementioned Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine). They've been joined by the former WSOP Tournament Director, Matt Savage. John D'Agostino is at that tough table as well.
Allen Bari has just taken his seat at the table with Vladimir Shchemelev and Jerry Buss. Bari took the bracelet in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event yesterday, and Shchemelev came close to a bracelet with a runner-up finish in the $50,000 Players' Championship last year. The man who bested him, Michael Mizrachi, is also in the field.
Jerry Buss hasn't won a bracelet yet -- his best finish was a 3rd place -- but this could be the one!
As you'd have guessed, the field is packed with the guys you see on TV. There are 105 players registered so far, and we've got a fresh, 2011 bracelet winner among them. Eugene Katchalov took down the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event last night, and he's here looking for number two this evening.
It's easier to tell you about interesting table draws than list a bunch of names -- you can find those in the Chip Counts tab. One of the near tables has Ted Forrest, Scott Clements, and Justin Bonomo sharing space. In the early contender for Table of Doom, we have Chad Brown, Humberto Brenes, Shannon Shorr, John Monnette, and Alessio Isaia.
It's early, though, and there are plenty of empty seats waiting to be filled.
The blinds are 100/200, the limits are 200/400, and Event #11 is off and running. We're tucked away in the cozy Yellow section of the Pavilion room if you're wondering.
Welcome back to the 2011 World Series of Poker!
Today marks the beginning of Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship - the third "Championship" event of the series. Last year's winner was Sammy Farha ($488,237). He defeated James "Flushy" Dempsey ($301,790) heads up for the bracelet - his third, and his first since 2006.
The field is sure to be filled with poker's elite, including recent bracelet winner Eugene Katchalov, who finished seventh last year, and Jason Mercier, who has already busted from two tournaments today.
Card will be in the air at 5 p.m. PST - roughly 20 minutes away - so stay tuned to PokerNews for all of your up-to-the-second updates.
Day 1 started