Welcome back to our ongoing coverage of the 2014 World Series of Poker! Three-time bracelet winner and 2006 WSOP Player of the Year leads the returning 121 players with 129,200 in chips.
Madsen will be joined on the felt by many of poker's elite today. Two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller is right on his heels with 121,400. Eric Rodawig rounds out the top three chip counts heading into the day with 112,000.
Yesterday's play saw exactly 200 entrants hit the felt with the hopes of becoming the next World Series of Poker champion. Unfortunately for more than a third of them, that dream would have to wait until the next event. Players like John Monnette, Eli Elezra, Stephen Chidwick, Dan Kelly, Brett Richey, Jason Mercier, Layne Flack, Scott Clements, and David "Bakes" Baker were all eliminated before the players bagged up for the end of the night.
While these players fell, others thrived throughout the first ten levels of the tournament. Just a handful of the notables returning include Jon Turner (106,000), Erick Lindgren (105,600), Michael Mizrachi (98,200), Justin Bonomo (89,800), Sergey Rybachenko (85,900), Josh Arieh (81,200), Scotty Nguyen (80,900), Abe Mosseri (74,800), Andrey Zaichenko (71,900), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (59,800), Mike Matusow (58,500), and many more.
Also returning with a top-ten stack is none other than the PokerBrat himself, Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth bagged 100,900 to close out Day 1 and will be searching for his third deep run of the series on the quest for his 14th WSOP bracelet.
Play kicks off at 2 p.m. local time, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we play down to and through the money bubble today!