Star-studded field makes it to Day 2
The first day of Event #3 has come to an end.
Players started coming in at 4pm today and kept trickling in for the first six levels. By the time late registration had closed, we had a total of 81 entrants.
While the prize pool was relatively small, the talent in the field was enormous. With the amount of big names present, the tournament area resembled more of a Super-High Roller Championship Ultimate World Cup tournament. One starting table had Phil Ivey, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Dan Kelly. Not surprisingly, there were several eliminations at the table. Then Jonathan Duhamel came in and didn't leave until the table broke.
Fans were also going crazy near one table where Mel Judah, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth were seated. Unlike the previous table, this one was right on the rail. Then, to make things better for the fans, Phil Ivey moved to the table.
There were several other pros present today including JC Tran, Jose Cheong, Joe Hachem and Brandon Cantu, but none of them would survive.
But all the other prominent names we mentioned will be making it to Day 2.
Brandon Wong will lead the field with 42,925 and Rob Campbell will come in 2nd with 33,350. Coming in 3rd is a very nonchalant ElkY with 31,500.
The other pros coming back tomorrow will be Phil Ivey (21,425), Barry Greenstein (18,325), Daniel Negreanu (16,700), Dan Kelly (16,050), Jonathan Duhamel (14,650), Phil Hellmuth (5,625).
8-game is a favorite among pros as it provides very good bragging rights. Many of them have made it through this first stage, but only one can win the bracelet.
Play resumes tomorrow at noon local time. Check our coverage as we play down to what's sure to be an exciting final table.
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