But just a few hours removed from the historic election of Barack Obama, only a sparse 162 players started the day here at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket.
Hopes are the election was a factor and that there'll be a whole lot more in attendance on Day 1b. But no matter how you slice it, unlike the big voter turnout down here, these numbers look to be off the 575 that played this event one year ago.
It was Mike Vela who took the title last year, besting a final table that included former T.J. Cloutier, Noah Schwartz, Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver, Allen Bari, Jonathan Little and Kevin Saul is close behind.
Hilariously playing the East Coast loudmouth to a T, Will "The Thrill" Failla spent the early part of the day taking some good-natured ribbing regarding his fall fashion choices.
Thanks to Failla's retro gangster hat, freebie Borgata windbreaker and much-too-short pair of gym shorts hugging his freshly shaved thighs, Joe Sebok began calling him the bastard stepchild of Tony Soprano. Eventually, fellow East Coast thug Eugene Todd claimed he looked like a French pimp, and trust me, Bro would know.
But Failla didn't sweat it, taking no guff on the way to building himself a respectable $110k when the day came to a close.
The usual suspects right behind include Matt Stout didn't disappoint today, and is right behind Seidel.
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso shot out of the gate, stacking one opponent when her overpair held against his flush draw, but Vanessa took a few hits in the middle part of the day to leave soon-to-be hubby and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown as the better half.
In fact, Chad had one of those ho-hum Chad Brown Day 1's that saw him put it to bed peaking on close to $60k and right in this thing.
When play finally wrapped just before 9 p.m., following five 90-minute levels, just 99 players remained from the 162 who had started the day.
And although they were all below the average stack, Rousso, Todd, Bernard Lee, Jimmy Tran, Paul Snead, PL.com blogger Jason Young and a very pregnant-looking Svetlana Gromenkova were among those 99 WPT dreamers.
They'll all return at noon on Friday for Day 2, but PL.com will be back tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the start of the second first day.
Given that it promises to be a bigger, badder and bolder version of this Day 1a, not even a $47k progressive Keno jackpot here at Foxwoods could keep us from this one.