The timing couldn't have been better as players were able to participate in both events, should they wish to do so, with Day 1b of this event following Day 2 of the Circuit event over at the Grand. One hundred and eighty rounders made it to the felt down the road and hopefully more than a few will be stopping by the here tomorrow to take another shot.
The field here today was estimated at 117, just 13 tables, quite a small turnout for a tournament that at one time saw a field of over 500. An illustrious title that's been taken down in the past by the likes of David Ulliott, Freddy Deeb, Weikai Chang, Tommy Nguyen and Steve Billirakis.
In addition to the ever-present list of professional rounders was a healthy dose of optimistic amateurs and it usually wasn't very difficult to tell them apart. One hand in particular, which occurred early in the afternoon, gave us pause to question the kinds of players who are somehow able to find their way into these $10k events.
It was during the first level, when the blinds were at $50/$100, and David Pham had made an opening raise to $300. It was folded around to the player in question who asked how much the raise was. After receiving his answer he quickly announced all-in, for $20,000.
When it got back to Pham he wasted no time tossing his hand nonchalantly in the muck, clearly bemused by the ridiculous play. "I didn't want you to get two pair," said the over-better, claiming he had pocket aces.
As the afternoon progressed though the field was refined and it would be cut nearly in half by the end of the fifth level when play was halted for the night. Tomorrow will see us dial the blinds all the way back to Level 1 as the other half of the field takes to the felt to see who will advance to the next stage of this event. PL.com will be back on the scene bright and early at noon (CST) to bring you all the action as it happens here at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Be there - we won't take no for an answer.