Welcome to Day 3 of our coverage of Event 24, the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. A starting field of 256 players is down to just 27, each with hopes of capturing the coveted World Series Of Poker gold bracelet, as well as the first-place prize of $294,777.
No stranger to deep runs this WSOP, Phil Ivey leads the way 446,500. With two final tables under his belt in the last week alone, Ivey is looking to capture that elusive ninth bracelet. On Sunday night he fell just short in Event #17, but he'll be looking to close the deal this time around.
He'll have plenty of stiff competition, though. Dan "djk123" Kelly is an online superstar and already has one WSOP bracelet on his résumé. He currently sits second in chips with 297,000. Mike Matusow has long claimed that Omaha Hi/Low Split 8-or-Better is his best game and he proved that yesterday. Despite being ill for the few hours of the day, Matusow persevered and made it through the day third in chips with 290,000.
Brian Hastings is fresh off of a bracelet win in Event #12, Scotty Nguyen is always a threat, Viacheslav Zhukov is the defending Omaha Hi/Low Split 8-or-Better champion, and Elie "what is 7x6" Doft is the only player left that has held the chip lead on both Day 1 and 2.
Play is set to resume at the top of the hour, about 20 minutes from now, so be sure to keep it here throughout the day to see who is crowned the next WSOP champion!