The World Series of Poker Main Event rolled into its second starting day on Tuesday, as 1B brought in 2,379 players that all put up $10,000 for a chance to win millions. When it was all said and done, fewer than 1,700 players remained with Smain Mamouni leading the way with 311,600. While the Frenchman didn’t play on the feature table, the action PokerGO was riveting as well with Maria Ho taking the spotlight for the entirety of the day.

On the main feature table, Ho was flanked by a plethora of big names including Brian Hastings, Chad Power, and Michael Mizrachi. One of poker’s finest, Jason Mercier, left his stack unattended stack for most of the year on one of the outer tables, as he himself in a huge game in Bobby’s Room and opted against playing in this marathon tournament.

Kenny Hallaert was also among those playing on the feature table, but the former November Niner did not have a strong showing. For the first time in four years the Belgian pro did not make Day 5, and after busting, he spoke to us and joked that he felt “due” for an early elimination this year. After finishing 6th in 2016, 64th in 2017 and 123rd in 2015, the tournament will now move into Day 2 without the man from Hansbeke.

As can be seen in the embedded hand above, Maria Ho got some good things going in the later staged of the day but she only bagged up 31,000 chips at the end of the night. Relive all the Day 1B coverage on PokerGO in the player down below.

Day 1C coverage starts at 8:30 pm on ESPN2 before moving to PokerGO at 12:30 am ET on Thursday morning for late night coverage of Day 1C, which traditionally is the largest starting day of the tournament. A full schedule of the PokerGO Main Event schedule can be found here. Find all World Series of Poker final tables from 2018 by subscribing to PokerGO today.

Maria Ho, Jason Mercier, Ali Nejad, Brian Hastings, Nick Schulman, Melanie Weisner, 2018 WSOP Main Event, Michael Mizrachi, John Hesp