Yesterday, the WSOP Championship played down to 27 players. Each of the remaining players is guaranteed to take home $494,797. And although that is quite a tidy sum, it will be hard for players to leave now, knowing just how close they came to their $12 million dream.
While the majority of the remaining players are not poker household names, the field still represents a wealth of tournament experience.
Jamie Gold (pictured) will start today at the top of the leader board, where he has been for most of the last two days. He's a California player with the penchant for action they are known for. And while he has only played in tournaments for the better part of the year, he's got some nice scores going into this year's WSOP.
Prahlad Friedman should be a household name, but for some reason sneaks under the radar screen of most poker enthusiasts. Fridman won a WSOP bracelet in the 2003 $1500 Pot Limit Hold'em event and came in 2nd in the 2005 WSOP Circuit Championship at Rincon. He is also well known in the world of internet cash games, where he plays at the levels you and I fear to tread.
Even though he is mild mannered and understated in the field, Allen Cunningham is a pro that's on everyone's radar screen. With four WSOP bracelets to his name and 95 money finishes in major tournaments, he's hard to miss.
For more discussion of the field and the list of today's starting chip counts, read on.