Event #14 of the 2012 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout, may have attracted a bumper crowd of 1,138 players but after the first nine levels were completed these were whittled down to a much more manageable 120; all of whom are now in the money.
Due to the shootout format there is no real chip leader as such; although there are some differences in stack sizes due to the number of players on each starting table. Amongst these 120 surviving player are a whole host of British players who have each locked up a min-cash worth $5,295 but by the time Day 2 comes to a close only 12 players will have chips in front of them and these will be now worth $17,544.
One of the Brits safely through to Day 2 is a player who is a regular on the UK circuit and that is Priyan de Mel. The London-based pro has just shy of $760,000 in live tournament cashes, the largest of wish topping the scales at £84,900 ($140,873) that he was awarded for winning the Blackpool leg of the 2009 GUKPT.
Joining de Mel is a man who is certainly no stranger to Las Vegas and the WSOP, Mr Padraig Parkinson; one of Ireland's favourite poker exports. Despite having a glistening career spanning more than 30 years, Parkinson is yet to win a WSOP bracelet and will probably see this as his best chance of altering that fact. The nearest he has ever come to helping himself to some poker bling was when he finished third in the WSOP Main Event back in 1999, though he has had a number of deep runs in other events since then.
Also in with a shout of a bracelet and the $311,174 first place prize is the Southport lad and snooker extraordinaire John "johne147" Eames who will be looking to put the demons of his recent eighth place finish to bed by taking down this event, Keith "The Camel" Hawkins and Barry Woods.
Standing between these three player and the other UK & Ireland players still in the field are the likes of Joe Cada, David "Doc" Sands, Brandon Schaefer, Erik Seidel, Terrence Chan and a certain Phil Ivey!
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