Welcome to Day 1 of Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2013 World Series of Poker. This is the fifth event at this year’s WSOP with this particular buy-in and format, and the first four were all extremely popular. The first attracted a field of 1,819, the second had 2,105 entrants, the third 1,731, and the fourth 2,115. Late registration is open through the first four levels of today’s action, so we’ll have to wait a few hours to see if this tournament once again eclipses the 2,000 player mark.
The most recent $1,500 no-limit hold’em event was won by Canadian Jason Duval, who earned his first WSOP bracelet along with $521,202. Athanasios Polychronopoulos also won an earlier $1,500 no-limit event, pocketing $518,755. With a large turnout expected today, it’s possible the first-place prize might once again exceed half a million.
Cards will be in the air at noon local Las Vegas time. Stay with us here at PokerNews.com as we bring you live updates throughout all ten levels of Day 1 action. In the meantime, here's Lynn Gilmartin to update you on all the recent and upcoming events at the 2013 WSOP.