Players are back in their seats and Level 7 has begun.
As mentioned earlier, the plan tonight will be to play five more one-hour levels or until just 15% of the original starting field for this first of the two Day 1s remains. We started with 1,740, which means once the field gets down to 261 we'll be at the 15% mark — a little over 200 eliminations away.
Incidentally, we know that as of right now more than 1,100 have already signed up for Thursday's Day 1b, a number that is sure to grow considerably between now and tomorrow afternoon.
Here he's doing what he can to improve on that finish, just now raising to 400 after an early position player limped. The big blind and limper called, then all three checked down the flop, turn, and river. The limper showed , good enough to take the pot.
Seed has accumulated some chips here, however, as he tries again to win a fifth WSOP bracelet.
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The river card had been dealt and the board read . Four players, including Ken Aldridge, sporting his familiar yellow jacket and yellow cap, were still vying for the pot.
It checked to Aldridge, owner of one gold WSOP bracelet ($1,500 short-handed no-limit hold'em, 2009) who started to grab some chips, then with a mischievous grin checked instead, and the lone remaining player checked as well.
The big blind tabled , good enough as his opponents all mucked, then together chuckled about the relative lack of diamonds among them.