The first tournament winner of the World Series of Poker 2008 was Nenad Medic, who is now the new world champion in Pot Limit Hold'em. In the meantime, Event #2, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event, has also gotten underway. The turnout for this event was unbelievable. Almost 4000 (!) players registered for the event, of which there are only 18 players left at this moment. The current chipleader in this event is Aaron Coulthard with 1327000 in chips. Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson has also played a very noticeable role in this tournament so far after fighting back from being one of the shortstacks, to now holding 444K in chips.
Event #3 $1.500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Event #3, that kicked off on Monday, is the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em Event. 713 Players started the tournament, and after Day 1 that number was reduced to 63. Many notable players didn't manage to survive Day 1, with Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Kirsty Gazes, Greg Raymer, Joe Seebok, David Sklansky and TJ Cloutier all being eliminated before the end of the first day.
Robert Workman is the chipleader at the end of day 2 with 146,800 in chips, followed by Philip Yeh with 143,000 and David Singer with 126,600. Also still in the tournament are Tom McEvoy and Brandon Schaefer, as well as the two Dutch Pro's Wolbert Bartlema and Ronnie Hofman.
Event #4 $5.000 Mixed Hold'em
The fourth event of this year's World Series of Poker could also be renamed "gathering of the elite" when looking at the players field of this $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No Limit) Event. Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Allen Cunningham, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth are just a few names that didn't make it through Day 1, which ended with 91 players left from the original 332 that started the event.
Still in the event are, amongst others, Erick Lindgren, Noah Boeken, Phil Laak, Thierry van den Berg, Marcel Luske and Patrick Antonius. Jon 'PeakJammer' Turner leads the field with just over 100K in chips, with Ariel Schneller (99,500) and Ron Kevin Haeri (92,300) close behind him. Also in very good shape are Justin Bonomo (73,900), David Williams (67,000) and Gavin Griffin (65,800).