Day 1 of Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. is in the books. A field of 963 runners came out for competition in this 2011 World Series of Poker gold bracelet event and at the end of the day, under 200 players remained. Topping them all was Eli Elezra with a field-leading 92,100 in chips.
Plenty of big names came out for this event as it was the only event that kicked off today. Some of those included in the field throughout the day were Bill Chen, Tom Dwan, Jerry Buss, Ville Wahlbeck, Noah Boeken, Jeff Madsen, John Racener, Gavin Smith, Jean-Robert Bellande and David Benyamine. Unfortunately for those players, they failed to make it through the day.
Some of the players who did well on the day were Nick Kost (73,600), Renard Julien (67,600), Svetlana Gromenkova (56,800), Victor Ramdin (52,100), Antoine Amourette (51,500), Josh Schlein (50,800), Alexander Kostritsyn (49,900), Andre Akkari (42,000), Andrew Barber (40,100) and Pat Pezzin (38,500).
Play resumes tomorrow at 2:30 PM PT in the Amazon Room across the hall. The plan is to play until the final table is reached or a full ten levels of play. We're guessing the latter will be what causes the end of play for the day. Make sure to return to PokerNews for all the official live coverage from the 2011 WSOP. In the meantime, you can check out our other live reporting from the Rio.