Given that we're playing limit, this has been a surprisingly fast-paced Day 1. We saw our first exit within the first two hours of play, and the exits came thick and fast as the day progressed.
Like every World Championship event, we saw more than our fair share of big names, and among those who bit the dust on Day 1 were Phils Hellmuth and Ivey, reigning champion Rob Hollink, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow and Liz Lieu.
Day 2 looks to be a very interesting one, with Bill Chen, Annie Duke, Brunsons Sr and Jr and Jennifer Harman all still in the running. Mark Klecan leads the field on 115,000 with Josh Arieh, Shaun Deeb, Greg Mueller and Mark Teltscher all not far behind.
Join us tomorrow from 2pm when we'll be playing right down to the final table.
When Eli Elezra and Dario Minieri play a pot together, you make sure you stay and watch because you know there's about to be some action.
They didn't let us down in a recent hand with Elezra opening the action with a raise before Minieri three-bet. Elezra called and they saw a flop of . Elezra checked, Minieri bet, Elezra raised, Minieri reraised and Elezra called.
The turn was the and produced a more civilized check, bet, call, again with Minieri as the aggressor.
The hyper-aggression kicked in on the river. Elezra led with a bet, before Minieri put in another raise. Elezra then made yet another raise, and incredibly Minieri was on an air-ball as he folded for just one more bet.
Elezra claimed he held as he raked in the pot to move up to 68,000 with Minieri slipping to 38,000 late in the evening.
Well, Chris Ferguson at least, faced with impending tournament doom, is taking it pretty lightly. He's currently sat back in his chair behind his teeny tiny 10,000 stack, playing Minesweeper on his phone. Good man.
It's rare in a limit game that two players would be all in preflop in the same hand, but that's what happened to Max Pescatori and Chris Ferguson who were both on life support as they went up against Mark Teltscher.
The board ran out and the nine on the river was the end for Pescatori as Ferguson took the pot to survive a little longer.