As you've hopefully seen from the pics so far, the Casino at the Empire has a ton of weird lights and chandeliers and whatnot, which makes for some cool looks.
The photo up top is of Jason Mercier who flew in from the US this morning, just in time for the start of the event. He made the final table in this tournament last year so it's no wonder he wanted another shot at it.
You should recognize all the people in the photos below, but if you don't the names are conveniently located below the pic once you enlarge it (click on the thumbnails).
Check out the live updates from the tournament right here.