Day 1 of Event 18, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, set the WSOP record for the single largest field ever in a $1,500 event, breaking the record set in 2007 by six players. Kenny Nguyen is your Day 1 chipleader with 110,600, followed by Jon Lane, Stewart Stone and David Briedes - all breaking the 100,000 mark.
Surviving the day was an accomplishment itself; the field averaged five bustouts every minute. The 490 remaining players will make the push for the money bubble, which is set at 324 players. First place is worth $735,400 alone and just making the final table is a guaranteed $54,936.
Notable players moving on to Day 2 include Erick Lindgren, Erica Schoenberg, Scotty Nguyen, Jean Robert Bellande, Frank Kassela, Christian Harder, Dwyte Pilgrim, Humberto Brenes and Jon Turner.
Plenty of notable players failed to last the day including Tom Dwan, David Benyamine, Michael Mizrachi, Joe Cada, Jason Mercier, the NBA’s Paul Pierce, Alexander Kravchenko, Andrew Lichtenberger and Eric Baldwin.
Play will resume at 2:30 p.m. PST in the Orange section of the Amazon Room. Follow PokerNews for all the WSOP action.