Good afternoon and welcome to the final day of Event #17 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em, and what a day it promises to be. One way or another the 17th World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet will be slung over the wrist of somebody. At the moment the person in control of the field is the Frenchman Manuel Bevand. Bevand has 4 WSOP cashes to his name and is a regular on the European poker circuit where he made the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Prague, in 2010, for $98,873 which remains his biggest score to date. Bevand finished great yesterday eliminating both Mike "TImex" McDonald and Farzad Bonyadi to leave himself with 961,000 chips.
Also in the hunt for their first piece of WSOP gold is Steve Landfish. He currently resides in second place with 599,000 chips and has been in the top two of this leaderboard since the tournament began. Landfish has a 2nd and a 4th in WSOP final tables so he knows how to navigate his way through a WSOP crowd.
Another player with WSOP final table experience, but still no bracelet, is Shaun Deeb. Last year Deeb made the final of the $2,500 10-Game/Six Handed tournament where he finished in 4th place for $67,146. Deeb's stack has been fluctuating wildly and he has been great fun to have around the latter stages of this tournament.
Then you have a roster of experienced players who already hold WSOP gold. Hoyt Corkins played the low-medium short stack excellently yesterday. The man with 2 WSOP bracelets to his name starts the day just behind Ryan Julius in fourth place. Antonio Esfandiari has been the voice of this tournament. His continual wisecracks have kept everyone entertained and his poker is not too shabby either. Andy Frankenberger burst onto the scene last year and took down a WSOP bracelet and remains in the hunt for his second title, as is David Benyamine.
Last but not least you have Phil Ivey. The man who has 8 WSOP bracelets hidden in a security vault somewhere had a quiet day yesterday, but he still managed to bag up 180,000 chips and will still be most people's favorite when the tournament starts.
Action starts in the Amazon room at 1:00 PM and we will bring you all of the action at Pokernews.