Sunday June 26, 2011 : Approaching midnight Saturday, the first day of event 43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was declared done at level 10, with players bagging their chips for the day and Norwegian pro Age Spets well ahead in the chip stakes.
The day had started with another huge entry field of 2,857, generating a prize pool of $3.85 million.
The current high profile politician in attempts to legalise online poker in the United States, Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton, travelled to Las Vegas to give the "shuffle up and deal" call for the event, and took the opportunity to talk about his new measure, which he hopes to have passed by this session of Congress.
Play was halted at level 10 Saturday night with a strong contingent of female aces still in contention, including Maria Ho, Kathy Liebert and Erica Schoenberg, along with former WSOP bracelet winners Joe Cada, Gavin Griffin, David Baker, Thomas Keller and James Mackey.
440 players will return for the second day of play Sunday.