2010 PCA: A new dawn
Like day after night, sunshine after showers and drooling poker players after Jayde Nicole at the PCA welcome party the other night, Day 1B follows hot on the heels of Day 1A.
Yesterday was merely the appetiser for this continuing feast of poker. We witnessed an opening field of 668 players sliced and diced down to 432 - and today will be the same only different. It will be bigger.
The second of the opening flights at major poker tournaments is always the more popular, and few commentators will be surprised if 750 names (or more) appeared on the starting list. Establishing the precise number is high on our agenda today, as the number of runners informs the amount of money the winners will be snaffling. All details of prize pools and records broken will be with us this afternoon.
Before that, we'll have a scan around the tables to see who is in the house. This is being written an hour before the first players arrive to the tables, but the following are just of few of those guaranteed to make an appearance today. There are so many, they're best approached in groups.
Deep breath, these are the Team PokerStars Pros playing today: Arnaud Mattern, Benjamin Kang, Gavin Griffin, Alexandre Gomes, Hevad Khan, Johannes Strassmann, Andre Akkari, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Humberto Brenes, Johnny Lodden, Peter Eastgate, Victor Ramdin, Victoria Coren, William Thorson, JC Alvarado, Joe Cada, Vanessa Rousso, Maria Mayrinck, Gualter Salles, Pieter De Korver, Thierry Van Den Berg, Juan Manuel Pastor, Leo Fernandez, Veronica Dabul, Lex Veldhuis, Luca Pagano.
(You could make a World Champion subset of those if you like, which would, of course, feature the two youngest in World Series history: Messrs Cada and Eastgate.)
From the stable of Team PokerStars SportStar, we have Mats Sundin, Boris Becker, Orel Herscheiser and Fatima De Melo. And a few other sports heroes are also in the mix: the former Spanish soccer star Poli Rincon, the NBA giant Martin Muursepp and the Lithuanian canoeist Alvydas Duonela.
In her own category, the model and Playboy Playmate:
Stephen Bartley Jayde Nicole.
And you're not going to need much introduction to the following familiar faces, all playing today: Annette Obrestad, Scotty Nguyen, Isaac Baron, Darus Suharto, Terrance Chan, Praz Bansi, Marc Naalden, Joe Elpayaa, Alex Brenes, Shirley Rosario, Isaac Haxton, Josh Arieh, Carlos Mortensen, Marc Karam, Cliff Josephy, Freddy Deeb.
There are a good few bracelets and a good number of PCA final table appearances on that list. You know who they are.
Play will start at noon and, as ever, we'll have selected chip counts updated throughout the day on the chip count page, as well as level-by-level updates on PokerStars blog. Go nowhere.