Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker for the commencement of Event #4: $5,000 No Limit Holdem!
With three events already being contested this week, today is the big test to truly see how the recent Black Friday events have effected poker in this country. Many of the top tournament grinders are in town, and with major sites unavailable at this time, the question that some of us are asking is, can this result in an upturn of numbers for the preliminary events?
Last year saw Jason DeWitt best a 792-player field to take home the coveted gold bracelet and $818,959 in prizemoney. That field that he managed to sit atop of was one of the most highly skilled and talented ones of this buy-in range, and the way the tournament floor is being set-up, an 800-plus field isn't unlikely - especially with the fact that there are 600 players already registered with registration open until 4:30 pm.
PokerNews will be on the floor throughout the day providing extensive live coverage of all the action, so make sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews.com from 12:00 pm PST as we start the accent to crowning the Event 4 Champion.