Day 1 of Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em started at noon today and, by the time registration closed during dinner break eight and a half hours later, 2,086 players had passed through registration to join the field.
All survivors made it through 11 levels. As players bagged and tagged their stacks for Day 2, it was Justin Filtz putting away the most chips with 135,800.
We saw plenty of big names come and go today. Among those who didn’t make it through were Tony Dunst, Jason Duval, Antonio Esfandiari, Jackie Glazier, Jeff Gross, Maurice Hawkins, Phil Ivey, Mike Leah, Kevin MacPhee, Greg Mueller, Luca Pagano, Mickey Petersen, Dwyte Pilgrim, Greg Raymer, Matt Salsberg, Vanessa Selbst, Joe Serock, Mike Sowers, Jennifer Shahade, and JC Tran.
The big names still holding onto some chips include Matt Affleck, Darryll Fish, Bart Hanson, Loni Harwood, Allen Kessler, Scott Montgomery, David Peters, and Jason Somerville.
The prize pool has been set at $2,816,100, and everyone has their eye on the top prize of $514,027. From the field, 216 players will get paid in this event, and when action completed on Day 1, the bubble was not far off. It should burst very early on Sunday's Day 2 when play reconvenes at 1 p.m.
Make sure to follow along with the PokerNews Live Reporting blog to keep up with all the action on Day 2. Until then, goodnight from Las Vegas.