We started out today with a record-setting field of 3,142 players who filled the Pavilion and parts of the Amazon Room. Numbers were so large that other tournaments were made to adjust where they were starting so as to accommodate the huge player-base of this event.
Despite the large number of players we started out with, it wasn't long before we said farewell to a large percentage of our field. Only 450 players will be showing up for Day 2. Among the notables who fell in day one are Alan Boston, Dennis Phillips, Tom McEvoy, David Sklansky, Barry Shulman and Dan Shak.
Tomorrow we plan on returning and bringing you all the action as we burst the money bubble and play our way towards a final table. We'll have our eyes on Tom Schneider (91,000), Berry Johnston (57,000), Lon McEachern (13,000), Thor Hansen (19,000), TJ Cloutier (8,500), Sam Simon (20,000) and the rest of the field as they keep on keeping on.
David Cohen had raised to 1,600 from the button and both blinds decided to come along for the ride.
On a flop of action was checked to Cohen who bet 2,300 into the pot. The small blind called, but the big blind folded. Both remaining players checked the on the turn.
The river was the and the small blind tossed in a bet of 3,000. Cohen called, but mucked when he saw his opponent's .
That's all we've got to play for the night.
Shirley Williams, mother of David Williams, was up and down in the chip counts today but finally said goodnight when she got her short stack in with against an opponent's . Her fortunes were looking up but her opponent spiked a on the flop to send Williams home.
We're down to just 556 of our original field of 3,242. At this pace, we can expect to be close to 100 players out of the money by the start of play tomorrow.
Players are currently getting rid of their 25 chips and should resume play shortly.
Berry Johnston had raised to 2,000 and was faced with an all-in re-raise to 4,875. He made the call and they were off to the flop.
Johnston got all the help he needed to pull ahead when the flop came . The on the turn and on the river kept him ahead and he's now up to 57,000.
Eddy Scharf, who recently placed 4th in Event #26 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed (for a cool $163,649) has emerged as what looks to be our chipleader. He's currently sitting with about 70,000 chips.