Today saw records broken as WSOP Event #3 began with 925 players, seven more players than the same event back in 2009 and 107 more than last year. For people who could not afford the $25,000 HU event, this was the real start of the WSOP and the event was filled with more stars than was probably expected.
Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Michael Mizrachi - all got quickly involved but were early casualties as were Eugene Katchalov, Jeff Madsen, Daniel Negreanu amongst others.
At the end of the day, Canadian Guillaume Rivet appears to be chip leader with 71,200 ahead of Andy Seth (61,700) with about 210 players remaining. Other players still involved include Barry Greenstein (46,900) James Dempsey (38,900) while TJ Cloutier, John Phan, Jean-Robert Bellande, Lex Veldhuis and Erik Seidel are all still in with a shout.
Tomorrow, we will be restarting in the purple section of the Amazon room at 2.30pm for anyone wishing to come down and rail Day 2 of this tournament. We'll see you all there, but remember that the $5,000 NL event is starting at 12pm and the $1,500 Stud event is at 5pm if our tournament isn't enough of a poker fix on it's own!