WSOP Main Event Day 1D: The end of beginning
It's day 1D of the World Series Main Event, and by the end of the third level of play today, we will have definitely walked past our new World Champion.
This is the last opening flight, typically also the biggest, and it means that when registration closes today, that is it. No one else can enter and everyone will have now played. We'll know the final, official, size of the field; we'll know the prizepool and we will be in the presence of the new November Nine.
(We just won't know who they are yet.)
The former football star Emitt Smith is doing "Shuffle up and deal!" honours (of which more later) and then upwards of 2,300 players are expected to get their Main Event under way. As ever, it will be a field packed with stars and soon-to-be stars, peppered with Team PokerStars Pros and swelled by PokerStars qualifiers and players. Our brief is to track all of those.
Don't forget, if your friend and/or family member is playing today, then shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about the player. We'll then track them down and keep you posted on their progress. We'll get a picture on the blog too, so please send us whatever you know.
Play is due to begin at noon, although it's wise to give tournament staff a 15-minute buffer period to get something of this size on the road. As per the previous three days, we'll be playing four-and-a-half two-hour levels, giving us a day plan that looks something like this:
12.10pm - 2.10pm: Level one
2.10pm - 2.30pm: Break
2.30pm - 4.30pm: Level two
4.30pm - 4.50pm: Break
4.50pm - 6.50pm: Level three
6.50pm - 8.20pm: Dinner break
8.20pm - 10.20pm: Level four
10.20pm - 10.40pm: Break
10.40pm - 11.40pm: Level 5
Players start with a stack of 30,000 chips and blinds in level one are 50-100. Plenty will dust them all of in less than an hour; plenty others will more-than quadruple their stack by the end of the day.
There'll be Hachem, Boeken, Thorson, Mercier, Greenstein, Barbero, Kravchenko, Khan and a debut for Vanessa Selbst. At least. This is the place to follow it all (in handy one-per-hour updates (and self-indulgent "Of the Hour" snippets (that may or may not be funny (depending on what you think is funny (and often it's not.)))))