After a number of big-time bust-outs and a ton of chips changing ownership the day came to a close with a certain famous Finn leading the way.
The Casino at the Empire was positively brimming with excitement in the early part of the day. Much of the buzz surrounded the featured TV table, which included 2006 Michael Binger got in to trouble at Fifty when he moved all-in on a flop of 7♠ 3♣ 2♣ while holding A♦ K♣. His opponent called and showed a slightly better 7♣ 6♦. The hand held and Binger was down to just $1,500 chips. He was eliminated on the next hand.
The Prince of Vegas did not fare well outside of Vegas and was busted when an opponent flopped a set of queens. That didn't deter the charismatic Nguyen and he said he'd love to come back to London and play again.
At the end of the day it was the Flying Finn, Patrik Antonius, who led the chip ranks with $76,150. Other notables who survived were Negreanu, Gold, Chan, Shaun Deeb, Jesse Jones, Kenny Tran and Barney Boatman.
Tournament officials released the official list of entrants for the event today and after all has been said and done there were 362 players who entered the Main Event. Not a bad figure but nothing compared to the thousands of players that come out for the Main Event in Las Vegas. The total prize pool is £3,620,000 with a £1 million prize for first place. Again, not bad but definitely not $8 million either.
It was also announced today that there will be two Day 2s. This was a bit of a surprise to most people because six days seems like more than enough time to play through 362 players but we'll see what happens.
Check back tomorrow as Day 2a kicks off with Janne Lamsa, Phil Hellmuth, Ram Vaswani, Erik Seidel, David Colclough and more competing under one roof at the Empire Casino. PokerListings.com will be there every step of the way giving you the most ballingest tournament coverage in the world.