Welcome back to the 2011 World Series of Poker and the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino for the conclusion of the Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em final table.
Yesterday was a marathon day for not only the staff here at the World Series, but also the poker media and most importantly the players. And boy was the day not filled with controversy. It all started when the players were made to continue playing after reaching a final table to abide by the new hard-stop time rule, although in the structure there is a written statement that this can be turned into a four-day (five calender) event due to field size numbers.
The players weren't too disapointed at the fact that they had to play on, but when play was six-handed, a manufacturing flaw was spotted on the . After going through multiple decks with the same flaw being spotted on the back of the cards, the table was shifted from the Thunder-Dome to an outer Amazon Room table to continue play.
Chips flew back and forth, and as the last level kicked in it was expected that play would slow right down. However, a quick few bust outs before the chips were bagged, and just three remained.
Sadan Turker holds the commanding chip lead with roughly two-thirds of the chips in play, but Jon "PearlJammer" Turner has the skill and experience to make a run at collecting his first bracelet from five final table appearances. Las Vegas-based Sean Getzwiller may just be the wild card in the final three, and with a strong rail throughout the latter stages of the tournament, he will definitely have a driving force behind him.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is proud to be back on the tournament floor, and we will be providing continuous live updates from 4:00 pm PDT as we look to crown the Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Champion!