Never before had the world Series of Poker seen a $10,000 6-max Championship event. Yesterday's event was a first, and 264 players signed up for a shot at the bracelet. A total of 164 players wouldn't complete the first 10 levels on Day 1, and so just 97 players remain. Those players will return at 2 pm local time for some Day 2 action.
30 players will reach the money stage of the tournament, and take home a minimum of $17,793. The champion is to receive $670,041, but that bracelet will be rewarded tomorrow. The schedule for today is to play 10 levels.
As to be expected, a lot of big names are still in contention. Ashton Griffin (162,300), Scott Clements (150,300), Doug Polk (149,300), Joe Cada (138,700) Ryan Fee (134,200) and Philipp Gruissem (130,900) all gathered a lot of chips on the first day multiplying their 30,000 starting stack. Leading the way is Russian player Leonid Markin (206,800), while Simon Lam with just 9,600 in chips will start out as the shortest stacked player.
Play resumes at 2 pm local time (in 75 minutes) with blind level 11 (600/1,200 - 200 ante). Expect a lot of action today, and PokerNews will report from start to finish.
In the meantime, check out an interview Remko Rinkema had with Philipp Gruissem on Day 1: