Today, the real deal started with Event 54, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship tournament, won by Jerry Yang last year.
With Tuan Lam started off strongly, only to bust in the early evening.
With so many runners, you could be forgiven for wondering why some players had decided to enter this event. On a K♦ 7♥ 3♦ J♦ 7♦, Woody Deck called an all-in with A♦ A♣ and was shown A-7 by his opponent. The latter thought he had won and celebrated in delight, only to be booted from the table after being told that trips does not actually beat a flush.
In another crazy hand, Justin Phillips would not stop laughing and shouting for the two hours that followed him making a royal flush against quads. Yes, if anything was going to show how daft and silly poker could get, it would have to be this hand.
The day ended with Mark Garner as the chip lead with over $205,000 in chips, but Brandon Adams was close behind in second place with $170,000. Further down the list was Mark Vos, both also sitting at over $100,000, as well as Jon "PearlJammer" Turner, who had also made it above that mark.
Tomorrow, we'll be starting it all over again with, we suspect, a similar amount of entries, with the numbers likely to increase during the weekend. Therefore join us once more when we battle through another 1,000-player field to bring your all the juiciest of news from this year's Main Event!