We saw 1,054 women hit the felt today. It was six fewer than we had last year, but it was an excited and fun bunch. When the clock finally stopped after ten levels of play we were down to just 138 of our original group.
A number of today's participants are well known inside poker and elsewhere. Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Lauren Kling, Erica Schoenberg, Jennifer Tilly, Leo Margets, Veronica Dabul, JJ Liu, Nichoel Peppe, Amanda Thomas, Kristy Arnett, Lynn Gilmartin, Elaine Chaivarlis, Fatima de Melo, Kathy Liebert, Thuy Doan, Tiffany Michelle, Maridu Mayrinck, Cheryl Hines and Shannon Elizabeth all showed up, but none of them would live to see day two.
La Sengphet took the chip lead after about eight levels of play and held onto it through the rest of the night, finishing with 148,500. However, she has her work cut out for her as 2008 champ Svetlana Gromenkova (70,100), Evelyn Ng (55,200), Liv Boeree (57,700), Jessica Welman (24,500) and Lacey Jones (17,500) are also in the hunt.
It's a tough field, and they're all going to be gunning for the top prize of $192,232
Make sure to check out PokerNews tomorrow at 2:30 pm local time to catch all the live coverage of Day 2 action including rivered flushes, turned straights and flopped sets!