Main event champion Greg Merson is among a group of pros very close to a final table. And the biggest live tournament in WSOP or live tourney poker history is underway. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

WSOP roundup / preview

What went on at the World Series of Poker yesterday? And what’s going on today? We’ll keep you updated here daily. To see what you missed on Thursday, check out our daily running blog, WSOP Daily Notes.

Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
California’s Brandon Barnette took down the first bracelet of the WSOP, winning $75K in the process. It was his first live cash, according to the tracking site Hendon Mob. You can watch the ending here.

Report here.

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Just 20 players from the initial 422 remain in the pro-heavy field. They will just be playing down to nine today, with the final table scheduled for Saturday. Former main event champion Greg Merson is third in chips, currently. Pros in the mix include David Sands, Byron Kaverman, Nam Le and bracelet winners Joe Ebanks, Alex Bolotin, Bryn Kenney and Amir Lehavot. Carl Wescott, who has no WSOP cashes to his name, is the chip leader.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. Updates here.

Our Alex Weldon notes that turnout for this event was disappointing and doesn’t bode well for the rest of the series.

Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
More than 900 players signed up to play some split-pot limit poker on Thursday. More than 300 remain after the first day of play. Two-time bracelet winner Tony Ma is the chip leader heading into day two. Notables who survived included, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Shulman, John Monnette, Jeff Madsen, and Allen Cunningham.

Updates here.

Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
Just over 300 players registered — even fewer than for the $5K event drew. Lots of big names won their initial tables, including Jason Somerville, James Woods, Carlos Mortensen, Doug Polk, and Joe Cada.

Updates here. Play resumes at 2 p.m. Play will be four-handed.

Starting today
The COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates

WSOP quick hitters

–The $565 Colossus, well, it’s going to be huge. The initial waves for all of the four flights are apparently already full, which means there are more than 17,000 players in already. And that doesn’t count the late waves for each flight that are available, in which players can enter late but start with the same starting chip stack. They’ve put tables in the poker kitchen, even, to accommodate the size of the tournament. Want to win the Colossus? Tips here.
–ElkY is hosting a weekly WSOP show on Twitch.
–’s top five tips for the WSOP:

–We haven’t heard that much about bracelet prop bets, but Brian Hastings is booking some.

Non-WSOP quick hitters

–Isaac Haxton continued to crush the high-stakes online cash games, to the tune of more than $300K this week.
Nevada poker rooms won a lot of money in April.
–The UKIPT London, APPT Macau and Eureka Hamburg tourneys are all going on.
–The “Amazing Poker Quiz” with Celina Lin from Macau:

–The latest on efforts to regulate online poker in California.