Colossus II gets underway at the 2016 WSOP. New York Senate Committee passes online poker bill. Germans go 1 and 2 at the Aria Super High Roller Bowl. And more.

Yesterday’s results

A total of 731 entries were recorded for Event #1: The Casino Employee tournament. You’ll notice I said entries and not entrants, as this year the WSOP allowed a single reentry in this tournament.

By the end of the day less than two dozen players remained.

Today’s events

The Casino Employee event will be back in action today, with 23 players still in the hunt for the first bracelet of the 2016 WSOP. There aren’t many notable names left in the field, although Daniel Ellery did finish in 5th place in this same event back in 2013.

Colussus II got underway today, as Flight A got started this morning, and Flight B is scheduled for this afternoon. As expected, the field is massive, we’ll have a better idea of the scope tomorrow.

Live updates of today’s action can be found here.

Upcoming events

Friday and Saturday will be all about the Colossus at the Rio.

Saturday will also see the start of Event #3, the $10k Seven Card Stud Championship.

WSOP News & Notes

– Veteran poker reporter Paul Oresteen offers up some tips and insights for navigating the Rio during the World Series of Poker. Truth be told, the column is more of a survival guide.

Quick Hitters

– Rainer Kempe was the winner of the Aria Super High Roller Bowl, pocketing the first-place prize of $5 million after dispatching fellow German Fedor Holz in second place. For those of you wondering how the old guard did at the final table, Erik Seidel finished third and Phil Hellmuth 4th.

– The ongoing feud between 2+2 owner Mason Malmuth and Dr. Patricia Cardner came to a head once again this week. The latest flare-up occurred after a blogger posted about the situation and his/her post caught the eye of Malmuth, who posted about it on 2+2.

– A day after an Assembly committee passed a DFS bill, the New York Senate Finance Committee passed an  online poker bill. Very quietly, New York’s online poker bill has moved to the Senate floor. Stay tuned to this still developing story.

– MGM is now the sole owner of Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City following a $900 million buyout of Boyd Gaming – the two companies had been 50/50 owners for a decade. And as I noted in this column, the sale could have far reaching implications for online gaming in the US.