It's probably been the craziest day we've ever witnessed so far in the World Series of Poker, but we're now sitting here bringing you this wrap-up with not two, not three, but six bags of chips sitting on the final table.
The action on the felt was fast and furious once again and the rate of attrition didn't let up, as we saw 24 players busted within the space of two-and-a-half hours before Andrea Vezzani was sent to the rail in 10th place, thus forming our official final table.
With the supporters on the rail outstripping the crowd in the Thunderdome by a huge margin (and plenty of cold ones flowing), there was a carnival atmosphere throughout the next eight hours of play, with plenty of entertainment as the chip lead changed hands at lightning speed. For a while, it seemed like we could have lost nobody, but despite having scored double-up after double-up, Jordan Young's luck finally ran out when ninth place when his failed to improve against Robert Koss' .
France's Philippe Vert was then busted in eighth place; having been crippled in an earlier hand, he made his last move with but ran straight into Stanley Tavanese's . With the bracelet now guaranteed to stay on home soil, the players and the crowd began to enjoy themselves even more, save Tristan Wade, who was taken out by Koss after running his into Koss' .
After 10 levels of play, 19 double-ups, one chopped pot and hundreds of screaming fans, the dust has settled and we can confirm that Foster Hays has led from pillar to post today, bagging up 3,620,000. Even though most of the attention's been on him, he'll have to watch out for Casey Kelton, who has silently grinded his stack up to 3,385,000.
Still, with the way that this tournament has played out over the last three days, anything is possible, and we know for sure that Robert Koss, Jeffrey Lavelle, Allan Le and Stanley Tavanese all have an equal chance to take this one out. Rest assured that we are going to be in for some fireworks tomorrow!
Final Table Seat Draw
Play will resume tomorrow in the Amazon Room at 2.30pm PST (GMT -7), so be sure to join us here at PokerNews as we bring you the exciting conclusion to WSOP Event #18. Until then, stay classy, and thanks for stopping by!