WSOP 2012: Starting over

wsop-130x100.pngFor a period of time in America, there was a terrible reality show called Starting Over. It was the kind that couldn't even make primetime. In my town, it aired just before the midday news. It ran for a full hour and featured the lives of women who needed a big change in their lives. They lived together in the same house and sought the help of life coaches. If the woman met all her life-changing goals, she could "graduate" from the house. If she didn't, she could be kicked out. (Don't worry, because I never understood it either). Somehow, this show ran for 160 episodes before the public finally figured out it had its own problems to worry about. Today at the WSOP we have our own version of this show, and it promises to be a lot less whiny and banal. We're going to take it at its word.

Sunday marks Day 1B of the WSOP, the second of three Day 1 flights, and one projected to have more than double the runners of Day 1A's 1,066. Today, we have a host of hopefuls at the WSOP, many of whom are looking to Day 1B to start over after a tough six weeks of preliminary events. In this case, if they meet their goals, they can move on to Day 2. If not, they'll be kicked out like that poor lady who could never get over the fact her Botox made her face look like a latex glove. Or something like that.

If you followed along yesterday, you know the drill. It will be five two-hour levels with breaks after every level. A 90-minute dinner break will happen after the third level. It will all end around 12:45am tomorrow.

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At the end of the night on Day 1A, Team PokerStars Pro and 2011 WSOP Main Event champion Pius Heinz finished the day with 39,775 in chips. While it was nowhere near the chip lead, it was a victory after spending most of the day with around 10,000 chips. He and David Williams (9,100 chips) were the only two members of Team Pro to make it through to Day 2.

Today we're expecting to see Eugene Katchalov, Marcin Horecki, Chad Brown, Toni Judet and more from the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro. We'll do our best to keep up with them as they fight through the day. We trust they'll be able to make it without the help of life coaches.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker