Day 1 of Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em is in the books, and after eight levels of play, Tom Cage is leading the way with 50,500 chips.
The event attracted 730 runners, which was more than 2012, 2011, and 2010. There were several big names, including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Dwyte Pilgrim, Andy Bloch, and Matt Hawrilenko. Unfortunately, those players are all busted, and will not be among the 81 players who make the money.
Among the 222 remaining contenders are 2009 November Niner Eric Buchman (32,000), Roland Israel (25,500), Jennifer Harman ($24,900), Issac Haxton (21,700), Huck Seed (19,900), John Racener (17,900), Justin Bonomo (5,500), and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (19,900).
The play today was a little loose, and a lot of the players were enjoying adult beverages, but things will start to get more serious tomorrow as we approach the bubble. Day 2 will begin 2 p.m. local time, and the action will take place here in the Amazon Room.
Make sure to check back with PokerNews for all of your up-to-the-minute updates at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Good night from Las Vegas!