Last year Eugene Katchalov took down this tournament and a $122,909 first-place prize. This year the Ukrainian American won't be back with the gold in this one since he decided not to participate. Katchalov is playing the $5,000 Mixed-Max tournament that started today at noon and as of right now he is still competing. This means we will crown a new champion Saturday night.
We are down to 176 players at the moment with the average stack being 9,384.