With the structure of this tournament allowing only one player to progress from each table, we're expecting the cream to rise to the top. That being said, this field is stacked with several limit hold'em experts:
Daniel Negreanu -While it has been a few years since Negreanu has been able to grab a bracelet, he could be one of the odds on favorites to progress to Day 2. Negreanu's last two World Series of Poker bracelets came in limit hold'em. Negreanu won the $2,000 Limit Hold'em event in 2004, and won that same event in 2008.
Eric Froelich - Froelich is seated at Negreanu's table and could easily give Negreanu a run for his money when it comes to controlling play at the table. Froelich earned WSOP glory back in 2005 when he won a $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. Froelich captured $303,908 and his first bracelet for this finish, and was able to set the record at the time of being the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet.
Randy Lew - While Randy Lew is known for his online play, he has been able to attain five WSOP cashes since 2010. In fact, one of Lew's cashes came last year in this very event. Lew went home with a 25th place finish in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout event in 2010 and is looking to repeat his deep run this year.
Matt Matros - Matros is fresh off winning his third consecutive bracelet, recently defeating Mark Radoja heads up in Event 16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed. That being said, Matros excels in limit hold'em; so much so that his first bracelet came in 2010 when he won a $1,500 Limit Hold'em at the WSOP. Last year Matros was able to conquer the field in the Event #52: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit) which tested both his limit and no limit hold'em skills.
Bill Chen - Chen gained notoriety at the WSOP back in 2006 when he won two bracelets in one year. In fact, one of those bracelets came in limit hold'em as Chen was able to grasp the title in the $3,000 Limit Hold'em event. Chen has not been able to have a year as successful as 2006, but he will most certainly be a force to be reckoned with at his table.