But as Day 2 unfolded from this massive casino complex in the middle of the forests of Connecticut, a major story began to reveal itself.
The relatively unknown Raj Patel, who went to bed at the end of Day 1 with a slight chip lead over the 219 players who managed to survive the cut, continued to build a lead on the rest of the also-rans.
What makes this relatively innocuous fact a big story is that Patel booked a win at this same event last year and is now making a serious run at becoming the first-ever Victor Ramdin, J.C. Tran, Hoyt Corkins and Eric Lynch lasted a few levels, they were done before the day was.
Sadly, this WPT event went much like the last few have for semi-famous poker pro Joe Sebok. He found a high-water mark of just under $90k today after the second level, but went broke before the third was done, adding his name to a long list of PL.com interview curse victims.
2007 WSOP Main Event loudmouth and final tablist Hevad Khan continued his recent, more mature approach to the game, keeping relatively quiet for his time in the wilds of Mashantucket. Unfortunately for the Team PokerStars Pro, his result here also fit an increasingly familiar pattern, as he went broke without getting even a sniff of the money.
The player who ended the day third in chips is another one PL.com is less than familiar with, in the form of Eddie Ting, but the man sitting in fourth is certainly a name anyone who follows poker these days will have heard of. On the strength of a huge hand where he flopped a set of aces and sent both Shane "Shaniac" Schleger and Mike Martin to the rail, Ted Forrest built a stack in the $330k range and is a threat to go deep.
Respected pros Kathy Liebert, Alan Goehring, Paul Darden and Barry Greenstein also managed to collect enough checks to stay around the average stack size and each should be a force to be reckoned with on Day 3.
2007 WPT Five Diamond winner Eugene Katchalov is still in the hunt, as are is the always-dangerous Team Full Tilt pros Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel and John Juanda. If you missed any of it, you can catch all the action from Day 2 on our kick-butt live updates page.
Things will get rolling again at 12 p.m. (EST) with the 75 Day 2 survivors hitting the felt in the Sunset Ballroom at Foxwoods to play a planned five levels. Barring the crew drinking too much during the second half of the North Carolina-Kansas game tonight, PL.com will be here bright and early to bring you all the action as it happens. Don't fret; we got your back.