Day 1 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout took place on Friday and its 948 entrants were spread across 120 tables meaning the entire Brasilia Room was full and the space in the vast pavilion Room utilized. By the time the curtain came down on proceedings only 120 players remained and they will return to the Rio on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and whittle the crowd down further.
The sit-and-go format is a popular one and it attracted amateurs and professional players alike. Stellar names such as Eugene Katchalov, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Christian Harder, Josh Arieh, Shannon Shorr, Joseph Cheong, David "Bakes" Baker and 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson being a small selection of the superstars who progressed to Day 2.
Of course, not all of the big names had an enjoyable day at the felt and Event #6 ended early for such luminaries as Scott Seiver, Stephen Chidwick, Jake Cody, Daniel Negreanu, the self-proclaimed "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth and the legendary Phil Ivey.
Each of the 120 returning players sit down on Saturday safe in the knowledge they are in the money and will be leaving the tournament with at least $4,411 in cold, hard cash. However, by the time Day 2 ends, this amount will more than triple and the minimum prize will be a more substantial $14,615.
Play on Day 2 takes place in the Amazon Room and PokerNews will be on the tournament floor from 1 p.m. local time bringing you the best of the action, as it happens, from Day 2 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.
Until then, why not enjoy this interview with Vanessa Selbst who won her third WSOP bracelet by taking down the $25,000 Mixed Max event earlier in the day.