Day 1 of three began just after 12 p.m. PST with 132 WSOPC dreamers and the quick announcement they were all playing for a $181,379 first-place prize. In all, 18 will make the money here at the lake, with those at the bottom end taking home $7,042 for their efforts.
Considering the comparatively small buy-ins, much of the World Series of Poker Circuit has run this year without the game's elite. But all that changed in Tahoe today.
Among the 123 starters, no fewer than three former World Champions came up for a sniff of this fresh mountain air: Jerry Yang and Michael Binger, Robert Cheung and Kathy Liebert all have chips as well.
A total of 55 players made the cut today and they'll all get back at it sometime around 12 p.m. PST to play down to a final table of nine.
If we can tear ourselves away from the beauty of Lake Tahoe for a few hours, PL.com will be joining them and, as always, you're welcome to come along for the ride.