Day 1b was another fun-filled affair, packing the Fontana Room to the brim with 333 players to add-on to the 250 who played yesterday. This 83-player surplus was brought about largely because players were allowed to register until 1:30 PM Pacific, an hour and a half after play officially began on Friday, and because Bellagio officials were running satellites literally up to the last minute that players would be eligible to register.
The first elimination of the day, in fact, was Susan Pritchitt, who had won her $15,000 entry-fee in a satellite that concluded a mere six minutes before play began. She lasted less than two hours before moving in with A-Q on a board of Q-9-5 and getting called by an opponent with pocket nines. She couldn't catch a queen on the turn or river and hit the rail with only a few hours of play to show for her satellite victory.
Elsewhere, the field was just as star-studded as Day 1a, with plenty of interesting table match-ups. The table of the day had to be Freddy Deeb have around $180,000.
Action resumes tomorrow at noon Pacific Time for Day 2 of the, um, Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship. (Incidentally, don't we already have a North American Poker Championship on the WPT schedule? Is the winner of this event only Doyle Brunson's North American Poker Champion? What if it's Doyle himself? Awkward!)
The field is still packed with pros and decidedly light on fish at this stage, meaning the poker play should be pretty impressive compared to what we've seen in other WPT events. The tournament, title aside, is turning out to be a dandy, so keep checking back with PokerListings.com for live updates and more.