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Completing event number 1 at a little after 4:30 AM, California Casino worker Hoai Pham from Vietnam took the championship, besting the 712 player field, and Arthur Lea heads up to claim the very first bracelet of the 2010 World Series of Poker.  Event #1 was a $500 buy in Casino Employees event, and drew  a large number of players for the event, and Pham came out on top.  After Lea moved all in with a middle pair of 7’s, Pham immediately made the call with pocket Aces, and the rockets held to earn him the championship and the coveted WSOP bracelet.  

Former Tournament director Jack McClelland was also in the field today, finishing the event in 19th place.  McClelland moved all in for the last of his chips with AK, and found a caller with JJ.  The flop produced an Ace, and the turn card a K, but the river J sent McClelland to the rail. 

In event #2, the $50,000 buy in Players Championship, action really heated up as 54 players made it to the end of day 2 with chips.  Among the leaders are Kirk Morrison who bagged more chips than anyone with 741,000.  Andy Bloch, who finished runner up in this event’s inaugural event to the great Chip Reese, is currently 2nd in chips with 716,500.  Rounding out the top 5 in chips is Michael Thuritz (697,500), Nick Shulman (683,000) and Day 1 chip leader Erick Sagstrom (656,000) continue to run well for the second consecutive day.  Other players that didn’t fare quite as well, and found themselves on their way to other tournaments included the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Greg Raymer, Michael Binger, and Huck Seed.  Players will resume play again in the Amazon room for day 2 at 3pm.

Event #3 also got underway at noon, and the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event drew quite the crowd of players.  Announcing “Shuffle up and deal” and then joining the field was reigning WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe Cada.  Cada was one of the 2,615 players that saw action on Saturday, but wasn’t one of the 290 who would advance to day 2.  Because the field size was so large, there are 2 different starting days to accommodate the size of the massive field.  With Day 1a completed, Day 1b will begin on Sunday at noon, with both days meeting together on day 2 on Monday.  Among the biggest chips to end the day were Terry Fleischer, who emerged the chip leader with 119,300 chips, and Nancy Todd Tyner with 103,000, and were the only two players to get over the 100k mark.  Other notable survivors included Vanessa Rousso (25,700), Amarillo Slim Preston (58,700), and Joe Seebok (17,800). 

Tomorrow, Event 3 continues with Day 1b, and Event 4 gets underway which is the $1,500 buy in Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event.  Continue to check the TPT Site for updated information and exclusive interviews and photo’s to come, and follow me (@coolwhipflea) on twitter to get exclusive updates and photos that no one else can bring you from the floor of the World Series of Poker.