With 120 players remaining in Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, we are in the money and today should be a very interesting day indeed. Plenty of big names took down their Day 1 tables, so we're looking at a loaded field here in contention for the $326,440 first-place prize and World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
For those unfamiliar with the shootout format, the tournament is played out with each table acting as its own sit-and-go tournament, playing down to one winner. That winner then waits for all the tables to play down to their respective winners, and when the tables are each down to one, a new round begins with full tables. The process repeats until the field is whittled down to one table of round winners, at which point it's played down to a champion.
The first round was played yesterday, and big names taking down their first tables include Peter Jetten, Erik Seidel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Mike "SirWatts" Watson, Brent Hanks, Andy Seth, Gavin Smith, Aaron Jones, Allen Kessler, Ari Engel, Jesse Sylvia, and Eric Baldwin. It will be interesting to see how the table draw shakes out today.
The twelve table winners will return tomorrow for Day 3, and we'll be here to let you know which players emerge. Because of the shootout structure, everyone is guaranteed $5,555, and there are no pay jumps today except for those advancing.