PCA 2014: Destination The Rail. Overcrowded. Touristy. Full of media types. Single ticket $10,000. Departing now.
The weather turned brutal in the Bahamas this morning. Not the polar cold of the United States, but gale force winds and sideways rain that made the palm trees point west. Hotel staff secured deck chairs and sun loungers while the only thing left standing was Vanessa Selbst's stack from the Super High Roller action the night before.
It served as a useful reminder to those arriving to play Day 1A of the Main Event today. Mainly, if you bust out today you have nowhere to go, so make it count.
And yet, there were still plenty of excursions as play got underway, only the 300 players who started today weren't heading to Nassau or to a deserted island, but to a place called The Rail, an overcrowded place full of tourists and media types. Single ticket priced $10,000 -- trips departing every few minutes.
Staying put is Calvin Andersen. He was one of the first to amass a stack of 100,000 and built that up by virtue of, if you read the live coverage up to now, smiling for photos.
Chip leader at the mid way stage: Calvin Anderson
Dylan Hortin is in second and relatively unknown, at least on EPT terms. It puts him in a delicate position, not unlike the man in the red shirt in Star Trek, beamed down to some place with Kirk and Spock without a speaking part, destined never to be beamed back. Either that or he could surprise us all, just as Victor Levy is doing. Both have close to 150,000 with everything set to stun.
Already out though are the likes of Lex Veldhuis, Michael Tureniec, Noah Schwartz, Mickey Petersen, Vanessa Rousso, Phil Laak and Igor Kurganov.
Some 234 players play on, with several hundred others expecting to take their places tomorrow. Follow all the action on our live coverage page.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.