This year’s entry field for event 51, the $3,000 buy-in Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em contest saw an increase of 111 over last year’s equivalent as 965 players took their seats Tuesday afternoon.
 
With only six more events left in this year’s 41st World Series of Poker, the chances of players like Tom Dwan winning a bracelet and some big money in side bets are diminishing, as are those for players like Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey who would like to increase their WSOP jewellery collections.
 
The format for the event involves each player starting with a stack of 3,000 chips and two "rebuy lammers". The rebuy lammers are each worth an additional 3,000 chips and can be taken before the start of any hand at any point through the first four levels. At the end of Level 4, all unredeemed rebuy lammers are automatically swapped for tournament chips.
Seen among the Day 1 entrants were Jeff Shulman, Hevad Khan, Allen Kessler, Theo Tran, Gavin Griffin, Dutch Boyd, Sorel Mizzi, Phil Ivey and James Dempsey.
 
By the completion of Day 1 play at level 10 Tuesday night only 189 survivors bagged their chips, with the biggest bag held by Tommy Vedes on 237 000 with David Singer in hot pursuit on 204 100.
 
First day casualties included double-bracelet winner Frank Kassela, David Williams, Gavin Smith, Vanesssa Rousso, David Steicke and Chino Rheem.