Tournament Director Jack Effel gave the daily announcements here on the bracelet stage in the Pavilion Room. Among the highlights was Phil Gordon presenting Phil Hellmuth with an award for biggest contributor to Bad Beat on Cancer during the 2011 WSOP.
When presented with the award, Hellmuth deadpanned, "I finally won something." The entire room seemed to know Hellmuth finished runner up three times this year, so the joke got a pretty good laugh. After that, Hellmuth was joined by Holly Madison, of Playboy, "The Girls Next Door," and "Peepshow" fame, and they jointly gave the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal!"
With that, the cards are in the air and Day 1d is officially underway.