It's not too often on day 1 of the main event that we see more then one familiar face at a starting table. You can find two, but usually, three is the limit. Well over here in the orange section, we found five familiar faces. It goes as follows.
Seat 1: Craig Bergeron- Bergeron has over 1 million in lifetime earnings in live play, including a 4th place at the WPT event in Hollywood, Florida in April. That finish netted him over $210,000. He also has a circuit ring, and a WSOP final table in 2010.
Seat 3: Roland Israelashvili: If this name doesn't sound familiar, it may be because you know him as simply Roland Isra. Israelashvili took 5th place in the $50,000 Players Championship last month, just the latest of several big cashes for him. Israelashvili won a circuit Main Event in 2010, and has cashed 25 times at the WSOP.
Seat 5: Ray Henson: Henson became known to the poker world when he finished 12th in the 2007 Main Event for just under $500,000, but Henson was well known in the Los Angeles Poker community before that. Since then, Henson has been a main stay here at the WSOP and the WPT, recently finishing 7th at the Main Event at the Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino last year.
Seat 8: Matthias De Meulder- De Meulder is a Team Pokerstars Pro, and the Belgian pro has been a regular on the European Poker Tour for the past few years. De Meulder biggest results were a 10th place finish at the Main Event in Barcelona last year, and winning a 1,500 Euro buy in prelim event in Deauville earlier this year for 136,000 Euros.
Seat 9: Christopher George: - George has 10 WSOP cashes in the last three years, including a 126th in the 2010 Main Event. He's also cashed twice in the $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo Championship, and has registered three cashes in this year's World Series.