By Simon Young

It’s day four of the WSOP Main Event – except it’s still day one. This is the fourth first-day flight when the final swarm of pros, qualifiers and dreamers sit down to begin their quest for fame, fortune or whatever else it is that drives them to play the biggest poker tournament in the world.

Day 1D is the often the chosen starting point for many of the world’s top players, and today is no different. Sitting down to face a myriad of hobbyists desperate to bust them is Phil Ivey, the legend that is Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Allen Cunningham, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and Johnny Chan.

And, of course, we’ll witness the return to the Amazon Room of Jerry Yang, who won the Main Event last year, taking home more than $8 million. He’ll have a bigger target on his back than most, and it will be fascinating to see how he copes with the bloodthirsty opponents across the felt who want to go home and say: “I busted the world champ.”

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Big stack: PartyPoker’s Bo Christiansen from Denmark

Again we have a great group of PartyPoker qualifiers who’ll be looking to follow the success of some of our players yesterday who made it to Day 2 with chips. Bo Christiansen from Denmark has a very healthy 95,000, while Ireland’s James McManus sits on 60,000. We’ll post all of our qualifiers’ chip counts a little later.

The total number of registrations for the Main Event so far – and it will rise further – is 6,814, well up on last year’s 6,358 field, showing that poker is not only alive and well, but growing ever more popular.

Watch this space for news of our PartyPoker qualifiers throughout the day.

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Our qualifiers and guests enjoyed a lavish party at the Prive club in Planet Hollywood on the Strip last night. They were treated to an appearance from the UK’s Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot, and US star Robert Williamson III – who plays today.

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