Day 1b saw 219 players stump up the £1,500 required to buy the allotted 6,000 tournament chips, an hour clock and a slim albeit tangible chance of making it through the next three days and joining the elite group of players to have won a WSOP bracelet.
Several notable players participated, and Day 1a ended with luminaries such as Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and Neil Channing well in contention. Today's tranche of players also included many high-profile players, and they made their passage through the day with mixed fortunes.
One of the homegrown players who has made a name for himself on both sides of the Atlantic is the colorful, controversial character David Ulliott.
He underwent a bad start to the day, losing half his stack in the early levels to a somewhat unfortunate one-out bad beat. Despite ducking and diving his way through the following levels, he was never able to recover from this setback, and bowed out in the middle stages.
Another homegrown player with a burgeoning reputation is John Tabatabai, the man who finished runner-up to young Norwegian prodigy Annette Obrestad when she so famously picked up her WSOPE bracelet. John made steady progress through the tournament, including making an impressive lay-down with queens and having his judgment validated as his opponent showed him pocket kings.
Ultimately, though, Tabatabai was to prove another casualty of the day. He was joined on the rail by summer bracelet winner Mike Matusow, who went out getting his money in with the best hand to no avail.
Fortune smiled more favorably on some of the other players. Phil Laak moved through the day accumulating chips in impressive fashion, ending up among the chip leaders, though his better half Jennifer Tilly couldn't match her partner's achievements and failed to make the final cut on this occasion.
John-Robert Bellande, the former Survivor contestant, showed his talent by ramping his stack up close to the chip lead at one point, before experiencing turbulence in the latter stages and finally crash-landing just short of the end of the day. One of the obstacles blocking Bellande's otherwise seemingly effortless ascent to the top was the presence of Adam Junglen at his table.
The young player has a very dangerous, aggressive game and he showcased all his skills today, translating his good play into hard chips as he finished the day top of the pile with $73,000 in chips.
Another young gun who prospered was James Akenhead.
The young British player only narrowly missed out on a bracelet in the summer, and he'll be looking to go one better when he returns tomorrow, well placed with almost $60,000 chips.
Other name players who ended up still in the mix included the two Andys, Bloch and Black, Sean Deeb, Marc Goodwin and summer double bracelet winner John Phan.
In all, 50 players survived from the initial 219, and those chosen few will hook up with the remaining players from Day 1a to do battle at the felt once we resume proceedings tomorrow.
With fewer than a hundred players still in contention but only one bracelet on offer, tomorrow's play bears the promise of an exciting playdown to the final with a field rich in talent and celebrity duking it out.
For a full account of today's play, click here for the live updates from the rail.
Come back tomorrow for more thrills and spills as the play continues at 1 p.m. GMT from Leicester Square's Empire Casino here in London. See you there!