Tuesday June 28, 2011 : Event 46, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed Championship has been billed as the most expensive six-handed tournament on the World Series of Poker schedule this year, and Monday's entry field of 474 creating a prize pool of $4.45 million certainly seemed to confirm it, with a stellar roster of top players taking their places for the start.
Ace-spotters all reported seeing Vanessa Rousso, Dan Kelly, Justin Bonomo, Marco Traniello, Lex Veldhuis, Neil Channing, Erick Lindgren, Scott Seiver, David Diaz, Jude Ainsworth, Eric Froehlich, Jonathan Duhamel, Vicky Coren, Annette Obrestad, David Benyamine, Justin Young, Vitaly Lunkin, Bill Klein, Juha Helppi, Dave Ulliott, Phil Laak, Adam Junglen, Sam Stein and Eugene Todd scattered among the tables.
Just on midnight Monday the officials judged that the required ten levels had been reached, and the first day's play was halted. Alan Sternberg holds the overnight chip lead on 260,600, but lurking back there in the top ten are tough and experienced players like Ben Lamb, Joe Cada, McLean Karr, Kevin Saul, Isaac Baron and Mike Sowers.
162 players survived the first day and return Tuesday.