256 hopefuls felt they were so good at heads-up play that they ponyed up $10k each to enter event #29. Well, there are only 8 players remaining, and one of them happens to be named Chan: Johnny Chan.
Chan is three wins away from tying Phil Hellmuth's record of 11 WSOP bracelets. His first opponent today will be Jamin Stokes; who has had some success in the WSOP Circuit events, but has yet to break through in a big tournament. Knocking off Johnny Chan on his way to his first bracelet would be a pretty big win in my book.
Also in the running is Internet sensation Dustin Woolf; better known by the moniker, 'Neverwin'. Woolf had a breakout 2005 at the WSOP, with 4 cashes and 2 final tables; but has struggled to duplicate his online success in live tournaments.
The dark-horse in the event could be Englishman, John Duthie. Duthie, the founder of the EPT, has quietly amassed a very strong poker resume: Including 9 WSOP cashes, to go along with the distinction of winning the first 'Poker Million'.
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