The chip bags -- unique in that they actually require a plastic tie to close, instead of the usual adhesive -- are out on every table. After eight levels of play, we've finished Day 1. It appears that David Williams, he who hit a miracle 2-outer with one card to come, is the chip leader with 230,900 chips. He's followed closely by Vanessa Selbst and Lars Bonding.
It was not a day without controversy. Players that started at the "overflow" tables in the poker room were irritated to learn that no online qualifiers were seated at any of the fifteen tables in the room. Their irritation was further compounded by a table breaking process that was opaque at best.
Once the field consolidated into the main tournament room, things ran more smoothly. As always, there were some notable players whose tournament never really got started. Will "the Thrill" Failla got things started with an early departure; he was later followed by (among others) Barry Greenstein, Carter Phillips, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada.
The big board in the tournament room says 464 players remain, but the number is most likely lower than that. We expect that approximately 450 players will return for the start of Day 2 at noon tomorrow.
We'll be right back here to continue our coverage at that time. Until then, you can find us at the bar.
The clock has been stopped with 10 minutes left in Level 8 and a card has been drawn to determine how many hands are left in the day. That card was a big, bad three leaving that many hands left in the day. The players will be bagging and tagging shortly.
After the cutoff seat raised to 2,000, Todd Beardsworth made it 7,000 from the button. Bob Lauria was in the big blind and moved all in and then the cutoff seat folded. Beardsworth made the call though and held . Lauria had two queens.
Lauria's queens held up and he was able to add about 30,000 chips to his hand and move up to 78,000 as the day gets closer and closer to finishing.
We wandered past Tom "durrrr" Dwan's table to see a final board of and all of Dwan's chips (23,300) across the betting line. His opponent was in the tank for a few minutes before announcing a call. Dwan immediately mucked his hand and didn't show, surrending the pot. His opponent tabled the and was pushed the pot, sending Dwan to the rail.
Vanessa Selbst opened to 2,100, and both the button and the big blind called. The flop came a perfect rainbow. The big blind checked to Vanessa, who bet 5,000. The button folded, and the big blind decided to check-raise to 14,000. Selbst made it 31,000, and her opponent put all of his 60,000 in the middle. She called, and the Deuces Cracked pro showed her set of ducks. Her hapless opponent tabled for top two. The turn and river didn't rescue him, and he headed to the rail in disbelief.
Selbst raked in the giant pot, boosting her to around 200,000. "I stacked him, that's what I did," she said with a sly smile after the hand.
The player under the gun raised to 2,200 and Lars Bonding made it 6,500 to go on the button. The blinds folded and the under-the-gun player called, leading to a flop.
The mystery opponent led out 6,000 and Bonding popped it to 16,500. The opponent called and checked when the hit the turn. Bonding bet a big stack of blue (5,000) chips, and his opponent called all in for about 25,000.
Bonding's were dominating his opponent's and the river was a safe for Bonding, up to 175,000.
It's been a little up and down for Sorel Mizzi today. The latest trend is down to 41,000 chips after losing a pot at showdown. Sorel was the only caller of a pre-flop raise to 2,400. He had position on his opponent.
A ragged flop of brought a bet of 3,200 from Sorel's opponent. He called there, and then called another 7,500 on the turn. Both players checked the river, then played the "chicken" game of "you show first. no you show first." Mizzi's opponent eventually showed for a pair of aces. That was the winner.