With a total of eleven hours now in the books, Day 1 of this $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament has ended with a number of notable pros still in ownership of their stacks. Of the 1,819 hopefuls who took their seats this afternoon, only 206 players survived the carnage typically associated with the WSOP's large field, low buy-in events.
Among them are WSOP bracelet holders Nick Schulman (58,200), Erick Lindgren (54,500), Steve Zolotow (44,800), Dan Kelly (36,000), each of whom has bagged and tagged an arsenal for tomorrow's race for the final table.
It is a two-time bracelet winner, however, who leads the list of pros after a full day of action, with WSOP staple Frank Kassela (121,800) topping the century mark midway through Day 1 and never looking back.
Grant Curnow ended the day as our unofficial chip leader, amassing a stack of over 138,000 chips and putting himself well ahead of the average heading into the second day of play. He will have to use those chips wisely if he hopes to compete with the swarm of professional sharks still lurking in the field.
With just eight eliminations to go until the money bubble bursts, the beginning stages of Day 2 action promise to be filled with fireworks, with everyone in the room hoping to secure a WSOP cash and a few thousand clams to boot.
Play will resume tomorrow at 1:00PST here at the Rio, so check back with us here at PokerNews for continuous coverage as Event # 14, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em rolls onward.
For now, we'll leave you with Kristy Arnett who has the highlights from across the Rio today: