The last event before the Ante Up for Africa charity tournament and the Main Event this year is event 56 – the  $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em competition, which saw cards in the air late Friday afternoon and a star-studded field of 1,942.
 
The registrations indicate that the prize pool will be $4 466 600 with the cash bubble around the 198th elimination at $5,047 and a main prize for the winner of $826,418.
 
The plan was to play through eight levels before bagging up for the day as the large field assembled.  Seen taking their seats were David Williams, Barry Shulman, Chad Batista, Allen Kessler , Neil Channing, Andy Black, JC Tran, last year’s main event champ Joe Cada, Humberto Brenes, Phil Ivey, Craig Bergeron, Dennis Phillips, Roland de Wolfe, Victoria Coren, Shannon Elizabeth and Daniel Negreanu.
 
As InfoPowa went to press late Friday night 1,250 players were still active, led by David Singer on 33,200, Shane Schleger on 32,000 and Court Harrington on 32,000.
 
Early departures included: Allan Baekke, Jeff Madsen, Amnon Filippi, Roland de Wolfe and Daniel Negreanu,