Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Today we have a special treat in store for you guys and girls in the poker world. Today is the final day of Event #3 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Six-Handed and it promises to be an absolute cracker.
Eleven gladiators have survived the mass destruction of 419 souls and each one of them has their eyes on a WSOP gold bracelet and $512,029 in prize money. Leading the field are two very different Asian artists. At the helm is the man from Japan, Naoya Kihara, who took the role as the Indiana Jones boulder yesterday, as he crushed everything and everyone in his path. The former Physics student bears a uncanny resemblance to Hiro from the hit TV series Heroes, and maybe the only way to stop him is to transport him to another place in time?
Maybe Tommy Le is the man who can stop Kihara? Le sits in second place and whilst Kihara has that look of classroom respectability about him, Le looks like he has that James Dean naughty boy look about him. Le is a cash game specialist who has spent time with the big boys in the Pot-Limit Omaha games in Macau. The confident youngster is going to cause a stir today - you can feel it.
This competition means a lot of things to a lot of people but none more so than Hans Winzeler. Winzeler competed in this tournament last year and finished runner-up to the eventual winner Jason Mercier. Imaging coming that close, once…but twice! Come on what’s going on here! Winzeler is focused and serious and he is aiming to go one step further in 2012.
We also have the possibility of multiple WSOP bracelet winners in the shape of the Belgian Davidi Kitai and the American Jason DeWitt. Both players have experienced this position before and have made it through to the coveted number one spot so why can't they do it again? Kitai and DeWitt are going to be big favorites to make a push for this title today.
Last but not least let us not forget the short-stacks. The guys who are turning up in the hope for a little spin up. Joseph Cheong has already had one runner-up spot this year when he finished in 2nd place against Aubins Cazals in Event# 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max, not withstanding his November Nine appearance in 2010 where he finished in 3rd place. Then finally you have Kevin MacPhee, the former European Poker Tour (EPT) champion and winner of over $2 million in live tournament earnings.
We told you it was going to be a cracker! Action starts at 1:00 PM live and direct from the Amazon room in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, so be there or be square.