WSOP 2013: Add a thousand more players and repeat

Time flies at the World Series of Poker. Can you believe it's already Day 1B? That means we have in store the same as we had yesterday, only slightly bigger this time as organisers await the arrival of more than 2,000 players who, putting the Sabbath on a back-burner, choose poker to occupy their day of rest.

Yesterday things got underway in what is the 44th running of the main event. A modest field of 943 players were seated at the start, 584 of whom bagged up chips after five levels of play. That's a survival rate of about 60 per cent. For around a thousand players today things aren't going to go as they played out in their heads.

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A packed Amazon Room

But with minutes to go before the off those visions are still at least viable, to be changed by the poker Gods according to their whim over the next 13 hours or so.

Among the field will be the usual crowd made up of professionals, amateurs, and other types who you cannot help but wonder where their ten grand came from. No such questions for the likes of Liv Boeree, Barry Greenstein, Eugene Katchalov, Leo Margets and Lex Veldhuis, all of whom play today. So too last year's highest placed Team Pro Jan Heitmann, who begins his campaign to improve on his 26th place finish in 2012.

Today will determine what chance of that. There's a noticeable difference to the place today, more bustle if you like, with players filing into the Amazon Room, the Pavilion and the Brasilia Rooms in large numbers. That's how this event is suppose to be.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter. Pictures courtesy of Poker Photo Archive.