Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Pros Licking Their Chops At Appetizing Day 1 Field

• Level 5: 100-200, 0 ante

We just caught noted professional Blair Rodman walking by, presumably to take his seat as a late registrant in the tournament, and he quickly glanced at the TV screens overhead to assess the day's progress. After seeing that the starting field of nearly 2,200 runners has already been cut in half, in just four levels of play, Rodman broke into a grin that spoke volumes.

Many of poker's premiere players utilize the late registration process, or simply arrive during the third or fourth levels, to allow the amateur-heavy field some time to shrink. Rodman and the scores of other pros who are just now sitting down to play have already defeated half of the field without ever picking up a chip, and from the smile on Rodman's face as he passed, that was precisely the plan all along.

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