WSOP 2015: Blending into the crowds

All right, so it is a big day today. This last opening day of the World Series Main Event always is, and you only had to look at the line for the bathroom to get an idea of the scale of the field.

But, the Rio was ready for it, if not the attendant with the mop, with all corners of the Amazon, Pavilion and Brasilia Rooms pressed into service. It meant finding your friend, husband, wife, son, etc. wasn't easy without directions, but it served as a useful reminder just how popular this event is.

In between the crowds, the rail birds, and the floor staff trying to keep a handle on everything, were some familiar faces unable to blend into the crowds.

Bertrand ElkY Grospellier_WSOP_d1c.jpgElkY in action today, on the same table as...

Daniel Negreanu_WSOP_d1b.jpg... Daniel Negreanu, who is up to around 70,000

Barry Greenstein_WSOP_d1c.jpgBarry Greenstein plays on today...

Peter Eastgate_WSOP_d1c.jpgas does former Team Pro and former World Champion Peter Eastgate...

Martin_Jacobson_WSOP_d1c.jpgand current champion Martin Jacobson

Matt Affleck_WSOP_d1c.jpgMatt Affleck has some painful memories of a Main Event near miss

James Obst_WSOP_D1c.jpgAll the way from Australia: James Obst

Jason Somerville_WSOP_D1c.jpgAll the way from Twitch: Jason Somerville

There were also some of the other sights you grow familiar with here. Phil Hellmuth giggling mirthlessly at something, a man playing while wearing a chef's hat, a man running to the bathroom, a minor celebrity, and two guys in the hallway talking about what could have been.

Another day at the WSOP.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.