Out of the 1,221 entries that took to the felt in Event #73: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em, just 54 bagged chips at the conclusion of Day 1 play. All remaining players are guaranteed to cash for at least $3,399, but all eyes are fixed on the top prize of $199,586 and coveted gold bracelet.
Over the course of 20 half-hour levels, no player accumulated a stack even approaching that of Evan Lipshultz, who advances to Day 2 with 952,000 chips. The relative newcomer from Silver Spring, Maryland went on an incredible heater in the final levels of the day which included stacking bracelet winner Ben Keeline with a flopped flush.
Several familiar faces will return for Day 2 action at noon in the Amazon room, including previous November Niner Jake Balsiger (446,000), two-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (340,000), Leo Margets (340,000), DJ MacKinnon (321,000), and Mikhail Semin (124,000).
Not all the fan favorites who tried their luck in this event were fortunate enough to survive to the day's end. Scott Bohlman, Ankush Mandavia, Jessica Dawley, Kenny Hallaert, Loni Harwood, Anton Wigg, Scott Davies, Maria Konnikova, Ari Engel, and Brandon Shack-Harris all left empty-handed.
Jameson Painter (78th-$2,231), Roland Israelashvili (80th-$2,231), Nam Le (82nd-$1,997), Erik Seidel (83rd-$1,997), Allen Cunningham (114th-$1,675), and Jonathan Duhamel 152nd-$1,571) were just a few of the big names who all departed with consolation prizes. A total of 184 places were paid in this event and the money bubble broke without hand-for-hand play about an hour and a half after players returned from their dinner break.
Check back here for continuing coverage of this tournament, which gets underway at 12pm local time on Thursday, July 12, and the final table of the Main Event from the PokerNews Live Reporting team.