Cards are in the air at the World Series of Poker, with big names looming in the first open-field event. 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 Wednesday, and what everyone’s talking about at the Rio, check out our daily running blog, WSOP Daily Notes.

Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
After day 1, there are just 51 players left, playing for the top prize of $75K. Defending champ Chad Holloway is out, but the reigning runner-up, Corey Emory, is still in.

Updates here. Play resumes at 1 p.m. Vegas time.

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
A little more than half the starting field is gone in this pro-heavy event. Darryl Ronconi, who has nearly a million dollars in WSOP cashes, is the chip leader. Notables near the top of the chip counts include Martin Jacobson, Joseph Cheong and Greg Merson. Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth are among the first day survivors.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. Updates here.

Starting today:
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

Here’s a full schedule of the day’s events.

WSOP quick hitters

Five things to watch in the opening days.
–What are the top storylines to watch this year?
–A social media guide to the WSOP.

Non-WSOP quick hitters

–A closer look at the demo PokerStars ran in California promoting online poker.
PokerStars tells us why we should be watching poker on Twitch.
–Updates from Eureka Hamburg and APPT Macau.
An interview with Mike “SirWatts” Watson on his two SCOOP wins.
–Pennsylvania lawmakers pen an op-ed stating their case for regulated online gaming.