Tuesday, June 14, 2011 : Event 18, the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em, attracted the biggest entry field yet at this year's World Series as 3 157 players registered, but by Day 2 less than 15 percent of the field was left, and when Day 3 play re-started on Monday that was down to just 34 survivors, led by Foster Hays.
 
Late Night Monday Vegas time action was well into level 28 and the field was down to the final nine, led by Allen Le.
 
To get this far, the nine finalists have had to best the likes of David Vamplew, Zach Gruneberg, Scott Montgomery, Jerry Yang, Jason Mercier, Kathy Liebert, Victor Ramdin, Jeff Madsen, Eric Baldwin, David Benyamine, Scott Clements, Kara Scott, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Mizrachi, Faraz Jaka, Humberto Brenes, Jon Turner, Erick Lindgren and Valdemar Kwaysser – no mean feat in itself.
 
When we went to press, WSOP officials were anticipating that play would go over midnight in the quest for a winner.