After a total of 566 runners entered Event #38 ($2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed) here at the 2013 World Series of Poker, the shorthanded action began in earnest, with multiway pots and positional three-bets becoming norm. With a full ten levels of play now in the books, only 64 players survived to bag and tag by the end of the night, with many notable names booking their seat for Day 2 tomorrow.
Among the pros to weave their way through the minefield known as Day 1 were Ivan Demidov (149,500), John Hennigan (68,400), John Juanda (67,200), Jon Turner (58,600), Faraz Jaka (31,200), and Maria Ho (24,900). Each will return tomorrow afternoon for a chance to reach a WSOP final table, win a gold bracelet, and pocket more than $300,000 in cash.
While these pros managed to survive the onslaught of action flops and four-bets brought on by the four-handed format, many of their peers were culled from the field during today's action. Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi, Jennifer Tilly, Eugene Katchalov, Dan Kelly, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari were just a few of the notables to fall short here on Day 1, with the bustouts occurring at a steady clip throughout.
By the end of the evening, just a few eliminations stood between 64 fortunate players and a spot in the payouts list, and after a thirty minute period of hand-for-hand bubble play, Scott Baumstein knocked out the unfortunate bubble boy.
Nick Schwarmann will return as the Day 2 chip leader, having built a massive stack of 193,500 on, of all things, his birthday. Schwarmann will be looking to add a WSOP title to a poker résumé that already includes a victory Heartland Poker Tour.
Check back with PokerNews at 1:00 p.m. local time to follow all of the action, as the remaining 64 players take to sixteen tables, with the goal being to play their way to the Mothership main stage, and a shot at WSOP glory.