Instead of the meager 161 runners that showed for the first day one Saturday, the ballroom at the back of The Bike played host to 212 rounders today and with much of poker's elite in attendance the action was attention grabbing to say the least.
The Freddy Deeb made a late surge to finish off Day 1b with around $100k.
The last woman standing at the 2007 Michael Binger.
But it was 2007 WSOP bracelet winner Robert Cheung who proved to be the toughest competition at this table of doom running his stack into the $80k range before clashing with Ho. She found four diamonds on a board while holding the K♦ to change both Cheung's and her own fate rather quickly and began the last level of the night with over $80,000. She ended the day with a more than $100k.
Phil Laak survived to Day 2, but probably made more noise off the poker table than on making a prop bet with Allen Cunningham that he could juggle three apples for over one minute during the fourth level. Laak managed to complete the feat proving that A) He can juggle B) He is a degenerate gambler and C) You don't have to play great poker to make it into a PL.com recap blog.
November Niner Kelly Kim got on the road to proving his Main Event final appearance is no fluke with the day he had at Legends Sunday. He hit a high water mark of $70k late in the day with one of those spectacular kings over queens scenarios we all love so much and will ride into The Bike on Day 2 in fine shape.
A late surge by Layne Flack puts him on that list while Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu headlines a host of other big names who struggled but survived through their first day at Legends. They include Brandon Cantu, Kathy Liebert, Tom Schneider and Theo Tran.
Poker's only EPT, WPT and WSOP triple crown winner, Gavin Griffin, looked to make that list as well, but couldn't hold on in the late stages of the day's final level.
In the end approximately 140 players survived the day and they will join the 106 who got through Day 1a when Day 2 kicks off just after 2 p.m. PST Monday live from The Bike. Rumor has it they will play six levels Monday and PL.com will be here for it all. We suggest you follow along closely at home because the poker gods are sure to strike down those that don't.