06/08/08 11:30:41 AM PDT
Hand #5: Sirous Jamshidi
Phil Tom has the button. Sirous Jamshidi raised to 60,000 and picked up blinds and antes.
06/08/08 11:29:42 AM PDT
Hand #4: Greg Mueller
Tom Roupe has the button. Greg Mueller raised to 60,000 from the cutoff, and everyone folded.
06/08/08 11:29:17 AM PDT
Hand #3: Phil Tom
Greg Mueller has the button. Phil Tom gets a walk.
06/08/08 11:28:47 AM PDT
Hand #2: Greg Mueller
Sirous Jamshidi has the button. The table folded to Greg Mueller, who completed from the small blind, and Tom Roupe checked his option.
The flop came . Mueller bet 20,000, Roupe folded, and Mueller took the pot.
06/08/08 11:27:17 AM PDT
Hand #1: Greg Mueller
Tim West has the button. Sirous Jamshidi raised to 30,000 in the small blind. Greg Mueller reraised to 115,000. Jamshidi folded and Mueller took the first pot.
06/08/08 11:16:42 AM PDT
Looks like we are almost ready to go. Event organizers are still looking for a couple of the players, though. They've just made a "five-minute warning" announcement in the Amazon Room.
It is possible the first hand may be dealt without all six players seated.
06/08/08 11:13:08 AM PDT
Seat 6: Sirous Jamshidi
Sirous Jamshidi has over $1 million in tournament earnings. He took fourth in the 2007 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship event for $230,000, and a high 16th in the 2006 Main Event for $660,000.
06/08/08 11:11:41 AM PDT
Seat 5: Timothy "Tmay420" West
Timothy "Tmay420" West
Another big online player, Timothy West has one cash in the $1,000 rebuy event thus far. His biggest live cash was second at the $5,000 event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in 2006, for $181,000. That pales to his online multi-table tourney wins, which total over $1.1 million.
06/08/08 11:08:50 AM PDT
Seat 4: Leo "Superflous Man" Wolpert
Leo "Superflous Man" Wolpert
Leo Wolpert is one of the few players to have cashed three times already at this year's WSOP, including this event. He also cashed three times at last year's series, his best of which was 38th at the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. He's well known on online poker forums as "Superflous Man."
06/08/08 11:05:58 AM PDT
Seat 3: Philip Tom
Philip Tom has cashed once already this WSOP, for 30th place at the $5,000 Mixed event. His biggest finish was 38th at the 2007 WPT Championship, for $77,000.
06/08/08 11:05:03 AM PDT
Seat 2: Thomas "Smokey" Roupe
Thomas "Smokey" Roupe
Thomas Roupe has two WSOP cashes in his short career thus far. His most notable was a high 127th-place finish in the 2005 Main Event, for $55,000.
06/08/08 11:03:44 AM PDT
Seat 1: Greg "FBT" Mueller
Greg "FBT" Mueller
Greg Mueller, a former professional hockey player, has made three WSOP final tables in his career. He took second in the Mixed event in last year's series for more than $300,000. FBT, which stands for Full-Blown Tilt, is a red Full Tilt Poker pro.
06/08/08 11:00:04 AM PDT
Setting the Stage
We're getting close to the first hand of today's final table of Event No. 11, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. Staff is carefully placing six stacks of 1,000,000 chips around the table, and crew members are currently setting up cameras and microphones for the ESPN360 broadcast.
Will be a short while, then, before the proceedings get underway. Player bios coming up.
06/08/08 06:47:25 AM PDT
Afternoon Shootout Finale on Tap
It'll be six guns (not six-guns) a-blazin' in Las Vegas starting at 2pm this afternoon, when the finalists in Event #11, $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shoout return to settle the big prize money in a short-handed single-table tournament where everyone starts with the same stack -- a million in chips.
Each of the finalists has already survived two similar elimination rounds to get this far, and a $477,990 prize awaits the winner. Here are the six players who'll mix it up for the big money:
Seat 1: Greg Mueller (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 1,000,000
Seat 2: Thomas Roupe (Houston, Texas) 1,000,000
Seat 3: Philip Tom (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1,000,000
Seat 4: Leo Wolpert (Fairfax, Virginia) 1,000,000
Seat 5: Timothy West (Los Angeles, California) 1,000,000
Seat 6: Sirous Jamshidi (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 1,000,000
We'll have all the important hands from the final table. Check back early and often -- in short-handed NLHE, the action can be fast and plentiful.