At the start of the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship close to 4,000 players were registered, and that number grew to 4,425 once the registration was closed at the start of level seven. For the third year in a row the event drew more than 4,000 entries and the previous record attendance of 4,406 from 2013 was overthrown. After the introduction by Oklahoma Johnny Hale, things escalated quickly at the tables and more than 2,800 players were sent to the rail before the dinner break at the end of level six.
Five more levels were played after dinner and 486 players will return for Day 2 with the top 468 places getting paid. The final chip counts will be available on wsop.com within the hour.
Among those that didn't bag chips were the likes of Michel Abecassis, Marcel Luske, Pierre Neuville, European Poker Tour founder John Duthie, actor James Woods, Cyndy Violette as well as the WSOP bracelet winners Jorg Peisert and Susie Isaacs.
Duthie folded to a river shove from Richard Munro on a four-card-flush board and then ran into shortly after, whereas Munro is among the chip leaders with 104,400 chips after eleven levels of play. Other big stacks include Sam Farha (89,600), who had been running hot in the last few levels after being short on chips for most of the day, Marcee Topp (78,900), Donna Rosenthal (70,400), James Traber (70,700) and Terry Timmins (67,000).
Former WSOP Main Event runner up Dennis Phillips lost three flips towards the end and bagged up 16,900, WSOP bracelet winner Nikolaus Teichert (9,300) will come back with even fewer chips. Other notable names include Simon Trumper (45,400), Barny Boatman (39,100) and Irish legend Mick McCloskey (21,200).
Day 2 restarts at 11am Vegas time in the Amazon Room and it won't be long before the remaining players face the money bubble with less than 20 spots to go until a min cash of $1,752. The top 468 spots will earn at least that amount whereas the winner takes home a stunning $627,462 and a WSOP Gold Bracelet.