The World Series of Poker is rolling in earnest now, with four events going on simultaneously, one bracelet up for grabs, and a bunch of pros in the mix to reach a final table.

This is a running blog that will be updated regularly throughout the day with interesting happenings from the WSOP, including big hands, the status of pro players, insights from Twitter and more. Check back later for updates. Newest items are at the top. See yesterday’s daily notes here.
Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Updates
Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout: Updates

Updated: 1:50 a.m. Vegas time

jcarver still playing

PokerStars pro Jason Somerville is one of the late players to win his table in the $3K shootout event, beating Kathy Leibert heads-up.

No final table

They are still playing in the $5K event, and there are still 21 players remaining. Updates here. David Sands, Byron Kaverman, Bryn Kenney, Greg Merson and Kevin MacPhee are all still alive.

BB the bracelet winner

Congrats to Brandon Barnette, who won the casino employees event for the first bracelet of the summer.

Merson leads

Just 50 players left in the $5K event, and former main event champ Greg Merson is in the chip lead. Updates here. Brian Hastings is currently in second place.



We don’t know how, but…

The chip leader from the start of the day in the $5K event, Darryl Ronconi, is now out. Still 72 players left.

Just 9 left

The casino employees event is down to the nitty gritty. Barring something weird, they should get to the bracelet tonight.

Live stream here.


Well played

Colossus questions?

The $565 Colossus starting tomorrow is going to be absolutely huge. And everyone seems to have a lot of questions. To deal with that, WSOP VP Jack Effel is doing an “Ask Me Anything” to help with player concerns. Details here.

Sick table

We talked a bit about some of the really difficult tables in the $5K yesterday. There’s a really bad one today, which includes Chris Moorman, Stephen Chidwick, Faraz Jaka and Martin Jacobson. The latter two mixed it up recently; more on the hand here.


The laughs just keep coming from the fixed limit Omaha hi-lo event:

Bluffing the Poker Brat

Phil Hellmuth got bluffed off of top pair in the $5K event, it appears. Read about it here. He knew he should have called though! Only problem? He didn’t:

Update: He’s out.

Where are the videos?

One of the coolest parts of the WSOP, for people who can’t be there, has been catching’s videos on site. Pros always talk to them, they say funny stuff, tell us what’s going on, etc. So far? Very little of that since has taken the whole media operation in house. Here’s the link where they are posting videos, although it’s slim pickings, so far. Instead,, since it can’t do the WSOP, has been crushing it with video coverage of the APPT Macau. Which is nice and all. But we’re not sure we really care, and we wish they had access in Vegas.

Full house

Looks like a lot of people in the room:

Woods is in Vegas

James Woods is in the Omaha hi-lo event, and already raking in pots, according to Update: He’s out.

Day 2, four events

Now the WSOP is starting in earnest. We have four events going on today, and one bracelet being awarded. Here’s the rundown, with links to live updates at
Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Updates
Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout: Updates

Calm down and play poker

Attendance is down! Poker is dead! Well, maybe not…

Meanwhile, the Colossus, the $565 event, keeps growing:

LOL pots

Observed at the Omaha hi-lo tourney: