The guaranteed £1 million first-place prize at this year's London EPT is substantially more than the less than £900,000 quid up for grabs at The Empire, and it could be even more by the time all is said and done.
The original plan here was to cap the entrants at 500, but with interest in the EPT, and particularly this event, peaking right now, the powers that be at Max Pescatori looked to be the happy recipient of most of Griffin's chips, and finished the day at or near the top.
Gus Hansen found some way to beat both A-K and pocket kings with a dominated A-Q partway through the day to put himself among the upper crust here in London, also finishing with enough to be considered a threat.
Plus, a Sorel Mizzi combo draw came through to give Betfair Poker's boy a legitimate claim to a spot among the leaders.
APPT Macau drunken loudmouth lucksack Carter Gill managed to build a threatening stack by the end of the day and will be looking to make noise in more ways than one when things continue for this group Friday at 1:30 p.m. London time.
Joining Carter and the rest with enough chips to matter are Arnaud "The Machine" Mattern, November Niner Scott Montgomery, EPT Season 4 Grand Final final tablist Michael Martin and Team PokerStars pro and Season 3 EPT London winner Vickie Coren, to name just a few.
For our part, PL.com will be back at The Vic tomorrow for all the excitement of Day 1b. All eyes will most likely be on the WSOPE final table, including a pair of PL.com's, but perhaps they shouldn't be.