On the whole, however, the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square, London, was substantially quieter than in days past, with the early elimination of one of poker's biggest and brashest resulting in a relaxed, almost congenial atmosphere for the rest of the 179 players who survived Days 1a and 1b and returned to the tables for five more levels of action on Monday.
Those returnees all took to their tables somewhere in the bowels of the Empire Casino in search of a piece of a £3,620,000 prize pool, with fully 143 of their number needing to be eliminated before anyone got a taste.
All told, 362 players bought in to the Main Event this year, a remarkable number considering it's exactly the same as bought in lost dog found, a new girlfriend and a move to Monaco in the works, won the biggest pot of the evening.
He flopped top set with a pair of aces and doubled through Martin Vallo to the tune of approximately $250,000 after Vallo forced the issue with top pair, top kicker during post-flop action. Townsend would finish up second overall with $290,100.
Also finishing amongst the top dogs chip-wise were overall leader Andy Bloch ($321,600), Erik Seidel ($282,300) and Philippe Rouas $233,300. All told, 62 players survived the day (full chip counts here) and will return tomorrow to play down to the final 27.
With plenty of pros still in contention, a spectacular structure to keep things sane and PokerListings.com on the grind throughout the proceedings, Day 3 at the WSOPE's Big Show should be another classic. Keep it locked right here for another dose of awesomeness as we keep it live from London.