Saturday June 18 2011  : Event 28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em had predictably attracted a big entry field of 2 500 when the first day of play started on Thursday afternoon, with another large contingent of top players among the crowds thronging the venue.
 
Spotted taking their seats were Antonio Esfandiari, Jordan Young, Justin Young, Shannon Shorr, Allen Kessler, David Phan, Bertrand Grospellier, Tommy Vedes, Roberto Romanello, Tony Dunst, Svetlana Gromenkova, Jennifer Tilly, Kara Scott and Alex Kamberis.
 
Heading into midnight PST Thursday the field was down to 470 as the final level of the day started, with Rick Romine in the chip lead and virtually no big names in the top ten chip counts….but plenty still in the field at this early stage.
 
The prize pool for this event is $3.37 million.