The stage is set for Event #1, the Colossus, to crown its champion this afternoon.
The starting field of 3,503 runners has been narrowed down to 37 players. Everyone remaining is guaranteed a respectable cash from this event-at least $3,000-but they all have their eyes set on the $155,000 first-place prize. And they will play as many 40-minute levels as needed to see who gets that six-figure score. There will be seating re-draws when 16 and 9 players remain.
As the day begins, Trevor DeLaney has a huge lead over the field with 7,705,000 in chips. His next closest rival, Jackob Datashvili, will be returning to a stack of 4,235,000. Today’s blinds will start at 40,000/80,000 so the larger stacks in the field have nothing to worry about, but this starting point puts a dozen players in the red zone with less than 15 big blinds. With few options left, expect to see the short stacks moving all in early and often this afternoon.
Good luck to all!