Play has now wrapped up for Day 1b of the last $1,000 event of this WSOP series and it's turned out to be the second biggest in history just behind the inaugural "Stimulus" event at the start of the 2009 series which was won by Steve Sung.
At the end of today's proceedings, it looks to us as though Eric Afriat will be the Day 1b chip leader with 100,200 with about 380 players remaining from the second start day for event #54 joining our 275 survivors from Day 1a tomorrow in the Amazon room.
We had a whopping 2,644 players start today including numerous well-known players such as Jonathan Duhamel, Galen Hall, Liv Boeree, David Williams and Michael Mizrachi but all of them fell by the wayside early on in this rapid fire event. Fortunately this is a four day event so there is lots of time yet to whittle this field down to it's conclusion.
We'll be restarting tomorrow at 2.30pm, perhaps slightly in the shadow of the $50,000 Players' Championship event, but with a gold bracelet for the winner nonetheless and with 468 places being paid, you can be sure that we'll be trying to follow everyone involved to the best of our ability.
We joined the put just in time to see Humberto Brenes bet 1,500 into a pot of about 2,500 in a flop. His opponent was out of position in the big blind, and he check-called. The turn came the , and the big blind check-called another 2,500, leaving himself just 1,100 behind. Brenes bet 1,000 on the river, saying something about leaving the last T100 alone. His opponent check-raised it all in, though, and Brenes' was the winner.
We were starting to get a little bit lost in the mundaneness of this massive Day 1b, and we sort of got sidetracked looking at the headwear people are wearing. It actually paints a pretty broad picture of the crowd that's assembled.
It looks like the majority of the players have gone with sports teams on their heads today. At least the Americans have. We see the MLB represented heavily:
New York Yankees (3)
San Francisco Giants (2)
Toronto Blue Jays (2)
Boston Red Sox
The NFL? Sure. The San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs all have their hats on participants today, and there's a gentleman sporting a Devin Hester jersey from the Chicago Bears, too.
Speaking of jerseys, we have one gentleman wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey in the room too (and it's not Terrence Chan, either). The jersey of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks is also being worn by a gentleman nearby.
Other logos on top? The Knoxville Sprint Car Championships, CFL's Grey Cup, The North Dakota Sioux, Finland, The Macau Poker Championships, Quiksilver, Boss, Maserati (sick brag), Titleist, and Kangol. There are also three people sporting fedoras and two people in cowboy hats. Our personal favorite is a guy wearing a Pac-Man hat, and a matching shirt. The shirt actually has a big picture of a blue ghost from Pac-Man and huge letters that spell: "Eat Me!"