2011 World Series of Poker Main Event coverage continues tonight on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET for two consecutive hours of coverage.
The show opens with Day 5 of the Main Event and it doesn't take long for the fireworks to happen. This action-packed show introduces the tournament's new chip leader: a wildly aggressive former law student with an equally eccentric name -- Manoj Viswanathan.
As he puts his chips to work on the secondary table, three titans of poker join the feature table for laughs, chatter, and head-spinning poker.
Daniel Negreanu has climbed out of a Day 4 hole into a decent chip position.
Allen Cunningham appears to be making another deep WSOP Main Event run and the always talkative Jean-Robert Bellande stirs up both the action and the emotions with some memorable hands.
On the outer tables, it's filmmaker and actor Mars Callahan sailing up the leaderboard and making everyone in the Amazon room turn their heads at his antics.
As Day 5 coverage continues, so does the vaporization of Manoj Viswanathan's chip stack. Can he turn things around and regain his position atop the leaderboard?
Elsewhere, it's Daniel Negreanu's last stand, as Day 5 has not gone his way. When his stack starts to dwindle into the red zone, he puts the petal to the metal in hopes of survival.
“Bobby” Bellande is once again the captain of the feature table, this time almost getting into some controversy due to the thick British accent of his opponent.
Plus, relative unknowns start to makes names for themselves on the outer tables, from Germany's Pius Heinz to Phil Collins (not the rock star) to TV producer Matthew Salsberg.
All the Tuesday night WSOP Main Event coverage will feature hole cards during hands, and follows the traditional Tuesday night format poker fans have come to expect from ESPN in terms of World Series of Poker action.
A starting field of 6,865 players entered the $10,000 buy-in event this year, creating an enormous $64,531,000 prize pool which will make the eight finalists all millionaires and the winner will walk away with $8,711,956.
Who will make the "November Nine" and return in November to a sold-out Penn & Teller theater? The journey is almost over, and each and every week the WSOP on ESPN will bring viewers inside the event to follow the storylines that develop throughout gaming's richest annual event.