The Main Event is now very much underway and both day 1s are complete. A total of 362 players entered the £10,000 tournament (which is exactly as we reported the bookies predicted) and 36 places will pay, the Lions Share is going to be a cool £1 Million.
So our shamelessly biased thoughts now turn towards the UK and Ireland players and how we currently stand in the mix. The top dogs overall include non other than Phil Hellmuth, Patrik Antonius and internet hot shot Shaun Deeb, but there are plenty of UK players in contention too.
Ram Vaswani had a frustrating day 1a but managed to have an impressive run late on in the day when he doubled up with a pair of bullets. By contrast his Hendon Mob buddy Barny Boatman had a great day but lost a little ground at the last level, but still has way above the average.
Paul Jackson and Dean Sanders are also two players that had up and down days but start day 2 more than healthy. The Devilfish was nursing a short stack for most of his day 1 but also managed to make a little ground in the last blind level.
But undoubtedly the UK player to watch right now is Gary Jones. Jones put on a clinic all the way up to the final table of the £2500 HORSE event and is sitting right up there with the chip leaders on over 65,000 chips. Gary also got very deep in the 2005 Main Event so he knows a thing or two about playing a large field No Limit Hold'em Tournament.
There are officially going to be two day twos now, to make better use of the space in the Empire Casino. All the players from day 1a will be playing day 2a and 1b will be in 2b accordingly. We still have a very long way to go to decide who has a shot at the Bracelet but the only place to find out first will be on our WSOPE Live Updates.