Can James Woods win a bracelet? And we’ll track the ever growing Colossus tournament in our daily blog on the WSOP.

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 #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Updates
Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout: Updates
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em ($5,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool): Flight C updates; Flight D updates

Updated: 10:21 p.m. Vegas time

Cash games aren’t dead

So says


Still no official head counts from the biggest live tourney of all time, but it still appears that more than 20,000 entries will have been counted by the time this is all done. Updates here.


Robert Mizrachi, who has two bracelets already, is the chip leader late in the Omaha hi-lo event. Updates here.

Bracelet winners get owned

In the shootout event, the three players with bracelets — Brian Lemke, Leo Wolper, and Loni Harwood — were the first three players eliminated at the final table. James Woods, sadly, went out seventh. Jason Les, a sicko heads-up player with little in the way of live tourney results, is heads-up with Nick Petrangelo. Updates here.

Just wish this had been live streamed

If I could have watched 11 hours of James Woods and Doug Polk playing poker, I would have. Instead, we have to read about it. wrote about their epic heads-up duel yesterday.


At the $3K shootout final table, it doesn’t appear that Loni Harwood played this hand very well. She got it in with Ace-high against the second nut.

James Woods

We love James Woods already, but after beating Doug “WCGRider” Polk heads-up on day 2 of the shootout event, we’re even bigger fans.

Polk was also gracious in defeat:

The statistical tie comment was in reference to a recent competition Polk took part in against a poker-playing computer, in which a team of heads-up pros won. The team behind the computer called it a “statistical tie” however.

Everyone in the poker world seems pretty excited about his run, too:

Colossus is the only game in town

With no other bracelet events starting Friday or Saturday, the pros have no choice but to take their chances with the landmine that is the Colossus, which appears destined to surpass 20,000 entries. (Unless they want to play a $25K event at Aria.) Players can also play all four starting flights, so pros are taking multiple shots to build a big starting stack heading into the official day 2, which starts Sunday. Updates from the first starting flight here.