The day started innocently enough, with Event 3, $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em, kicking off at 12 p.m. Like most events at the Alex Kravchenko's table and then doing a mock Russian accent. Hellmuth and David Ulliott were verbally sparring at their table, while Andy Bloch and Antonio Esfandiari went head to head at another table.
Negreanu was one of the first players to go when he ran into a pair of pocket kings from Bill Edler but plenty of pros would be following him in short order.
The 332 players who started the day were narrowed down to 91 by 2 a.m. and that was it for their day. Jonathan Turner, Justin Bonomo, Gavin Griffin and David Williams are all among the chip leaders and Maria Ho, the last female left standing in last year's Main Event, is within the top 20.
Play will recommence tomorrow at 3 p.m. with a spot at the final table up for grabs.
Which brings us to our final event of the day, Event 2, or as we like to call it "The tournament that would not end."
One has to wonder what the tournament organizers were thinking when they decided to have 448 players go until only nine remained. Although you could argue that Harrah's had no idea there would be close to 4,000 runners for the event, even 3,000 would have created an extremely long Day 2.
In the end players battled it out in the Rio for a total of 17 hours and 45 minutes in an absolute marathon of poker.
At 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning the tournament director gave the remaining 21 players the option to call it a day and come back at 1 p.m. Some of the players wanted to play until there were nine, however, and the issue was put to a vote.
The vote was a draw with eight players looking to keep going and eight wanting to call it quits (five players didn't vote).
Eventually the players decided to get to 18 players and then re-vote. Less than 30 minutes later they arrived at the 18-player mark and gladly bagged their chips with the intention of coming back at 1:30 p.m. and playing until there is a winner. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Theo Tran and Perry Friedman are all still in the running.
That winner will be crowned on PokerListings.com tomorrow so be sure to check our coverage. Click here if you want to take a shot at your own marathon poker event.