by , Jul 6, 2012 | 2:36 pm

Tomas Junek
1st WSOP bracelet for Czech Republic

Today’s WSOP Bracelet Boxscore

Tomas Junek $661,022 – Event #56 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Greg Merson $1,136,197 – Event #57 $10,000 NLH 6-Max

The opening acts are just about done and we’re just one day away from kicking off the WSOP Main Event. The last open tournament started on Thursday with just the National Championship and Bracelet Bounty events to play out along with the $10k 2-7 No Limit and huge $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournaments.

That means the traditional pre-Main Event slow day no longer exists. Players and fans are packed in every room, the registration line is long and surly, there are more than a few hung over people staggering around.

It also means the WSOP party season rolled around. Plenty of opportunities to hangout one last time before “summer camp” ends or just get messed up and embarrass yourself in front of strangers. Frank Kassela always throws a great BBQ on July 4th complete with degenerate competitions and now a mechanical bull. QuadJacks took over BLUFF Magazine’s yearly open bar/lap dance festival at Sapphire. 2+2 will have their traditional whine and wine fest Friday night. Vanessa Ruosso/Maria Ho/Liv Boeree also hosted a blowout at their impressive mansion on July 4th.

Be safe out there and don’t let the first Tweet of the Day happen to you.

Link Dump

Tweet of the Day 1 – Like I said, parties are popping up all over the place at this point in the WSOP. Occasionally something like this happens, pretty happy it wasn’t me.

Tweet of the Day 2 – I will never ever pass up a chance to rag on the poker forum jockeys. Proof the Infinite Monkey theorem is crap, look it up. @BrickLV provided my first laugh of the day.

Sam Trickett Attacked – Details are still scarce other than what has been put out there on Twitter, but the 2nd place finisher in the Big One was jumped by 6 guys after a night at the club and he took a beating.

Who to Watch in WSOP National Championship – The National Championship begins on Friday featuring the top performers from the WSOP and WSOP Circuit Event. Paul Oresteen has a rundown of some players to watch.

Phil Hellmuth BIG ONE Q&A – PokerListings interviewed Phil Hellmuth following his 4th place finish in the Big One for One Drop. “No regrets” as $2.6 million has a way of comforting.

Phil Hellmuth Uses White Magic – Since I was watching the Big One from atop the Mothership, I missed the ESPN broadcast and this little gem from Mr. Phil Hellmuth. Screw you kids and your black magic.

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