Home to one of the world's largest poker rooms, the Commerce Casino was a madhouse as tournament staff struggled to cope with the massive number of players. The Crown Ballroom, despite housing seventy tables, was unable to provide seats for everyone and drastic measures had to be taken.
A tent had been erected on the balcony adjacent to the ballroom but even this proved insufficient. The rest of the field was moved downstairs where they took over a small portion of the high-limit poker room.
To attempt to give a full account of all the pros at this event would be impossible, but chances are if they play poker, they were playing here today. To say the amateurs in this tournament are up against a tough field would be an understatement.
To give you an idea of the magnitude of the situation, here are a few samples from the beginning of the day. We saw one table stacked with the likes of Michael Binger. Tony G and David Ulliott, that tournament is scheduled to be aired only in the U.K.
At the end of the action today it was Joe Sebok who came out on the top of the chip counts. With $204,000, Joe will be in great shape going into Day 2 tomorrow. We're scheduled to get back underway at 3:30pm (PST), a thoroughly Californian starting time, when the surviving players will return to see who can survive to make it to Day 3 of this six-day event. Join us then for live updates, photos, interviews and articles on the 2007 LAPC main event.