Saturday, June 11,2011 : Event 17, the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. was the only competition to launch Friday but it attracted 963 players, well over expectations and generating a prize pool of $1,300,050.
 
In this event players compete in five poker disciplines, Limit Hold’em, Omaha Eight or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud Eight or better, and have to exhibit an ability to play all five games at a high level if they hope to advance to the final table.
 
Notable names seen taking their places included Todd Brunson, Ylon Schwartz, Jean-Robert Bellande, Scott Clements, Tom Dwan, Eric Baldwin, Eddie Blumenthal, John Racener, Chad Brown, Eli Elezra, Alexander Kostritsyn, Victor Ramdin, Lyle Berman and Andre Akkari.
 
Approaching midnight Friday, play was well into the tenth level scheduled for Day 1, with 196 players remaining, led by Eli Elezra.