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Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship



Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 1d completed

Strong Turnout on Day 1d Boosts 2021 WSOP Main Event Field Past 4,500 Entries

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Zachary Grech is among the Day 1d chip leaders
Zachary Grech is among the Day 1d chip leaders

After three moderate field sizes for the flagship tournament of the 2021 World Series of Poker, the fourth flight of the $10,000 Main Event provided a significant boost to the overall field size. An unofficial 2,550 entries emerged as three different rooms were used to host poker players from all over the world at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Once five levels of two hours each were completed, some 1,939 players bagged and tagged for the night. Among the notables to run up a solid stack were Adedapo Ajayi (340,900), Zachary Grech (318,400), David "Bakes" Baker (247,300), Dan Shak (229,200), and David Stefanski (213,900).

Amazon Room on Day 1d
Amazon Room on Day 1d

When the cards went in the air, the Day 1a field had already surpassed the number of combined entries across all three previous flights. This hasn't been unheard of in previous years either, as the final starting day typically attracts the far biggest fields. However, in 2021, there are another two starting days to come. Players also can enter the competition during the first two levels on the respective Day 2s on Tuesday, November 9, and Wednesday, November 10, respectively.

Further notables who will return with a big stack then are James Chen (209,400), Shyam Srinivasan (206,000), Cliff Josephy (198,600), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (194,800), Nick Petrangelo (180,000), Matt Berkey (179,800), Greg Mueller (176,700), Ben Heath (176,000), Roland Israelashvili (173,700), and Jun Obara (169,400).

Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1d Top 10 Chip Counts

1Adedapo AjayiUnited States340,900
2Zachary GrechUnited States318,400
3Wooram ChoSouth Korea252,100
4David "Bakes" BakerUnited States247,300
5Dan ShakUnited States229,200
6Jill SodafskyUnited States224,500
7Alex GoulderUnited Kingdom218,500
8Taylor HowardUnited States214,200
9Ivan GalinecCroatia211,300
10Mike GaoUnited States210,000

Maria Ho delivered the shuffle up and deal for Day 1d and spent three of the five levels on the main feature table, also commonly known as the Thunderdome. Ho was among many female players to enter the pinnacle poker live event of the year and advanced with 85,700. Melanie Weisner (125,200), Kathy Liebert (97,300), Danielle Andersen (64,800), Kitty Kuo (57,600), Ashley Sleeth (19,700), and Jamie Kerstetter (14,300) also all made it through.

More than 600 hopes of becoming the next World Champion were crushed, however, as many notables were sent to the rail without anything to show for their efforts. Adam Levy, Michael Ruane, Jason Somerville, Eric "BarstoolNate" Nathan, Joseph Cheong, Esther Taylor, Brandon Shack-Harris, Ryan Laplante, Julien Martini, Phil Laak, and David Williams all departed.

Two former WSOP Main Event champions were also among the notable casualties on the fourth starting day. Joe McKeehen and Greg Raymer failed to make it through to Day 2 in pursuit of earning a repeat victory. Raymer's run ended in level three when his dominated ace failed to get there against Victor Peppe.

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer

Whether or not a new record attendance will be set in the days to come remains to be seen. For the first time in history, the richest poker tournament of the year features six starting flights. Two starting days remain when international poker players are expected to appear after the ease of travel restrictions to the United States. The 2021 WSOP Main Event registration will conclude at approximately 3.40 pm local time on November 10 during Day 2CEF.

WSOP Main Event Entries Since 2000

2000    512$5,120,000
2001    613$5,946,220
2002    631$5,931,000
2003    839$7,802,700
2004    2,576$24,224,400
2005    5,619$52,818,610
2006    8,773$82,512,162
2007    6,358$59,784,954

The PokerNews live reporting team will provide exclusive updates throughout the entire tournament, and each day will also feature live stream action on the PokerGO streaming platform as well.

Tags: Cliff JosephyDan ShakGreg MuellerGreg RaymerJames ChenJoe McKeehenKathy LiebertKitty KuoMaria HoMatt BerkeyMelanie WeisnerShyam SrinivasanYevgeniy TimoshenkoZachary Grech

Official End of Day 1d Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Adedapo Ajayi us
Adedapo Ajayi
us 340,900 340,900
Zachary Grech us
Zachary Grech
us 318,400 -11,600
Ozgur Secilmis TR
Ozgur Secilmis
TR 260,000 260,000
Wooram Cho kr
Wooram Cho
ClubGG Qualifier
kr 252,100 252,100
David "Bakes" Baker us
David "Bakes" Baker
us 247,300 13,300
Steven Cartwright US
Steven Cartwright
US 247,200 247,200
Derek Chang US
Derek Chang
US 229,600 229,600
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 229,200 86,200
Corel Theuma us
Corel Theuma
us 227,000 227,000
Timothy Mina us
Timothy Mina
us 226,300 226,300
Lewis Spencer gb
Lewis Spencer
gb 225,100 225,100
Jill Sodafsky US
Jill Sodafsky
US 224,500 -5,500
Giovanni Di Donato it
Giovanni Di Donato
it 223,100 223,100
Brittney Stout US
Brittney Stout
US 221,600 221,600
Alex Goulder gb
Alex Goulder
gb 218,500 169,500
Brian Wood us
Brian Wood
us 217,300 217,300
Paul Yi US
Paul Yi
US 215,500 215,500
Taylor Howard us
Taylor Howard
us 214,200 214,200
Dave Stefanski us
Dave Stefanski
us 213,900 213,900
Feng Li US
Feng Li
US 213,300 213,300
Ivan Galinec hr
Ivan Galinec
hr 211,300 58,300
Eshaan Bhalla us
Eshaan Bhalla
us 210,500 210,500
Mike Gao us
Mike Gao
us 210,000 -10,000
Elliot Stern US
Elliot Stern
US 209,600 209,600
Narimaan Ahmadi us
Narimaan Ahmadi
us 209,500 209,500

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Last Hand for Feshchenko

gaellej • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

The board was already showing {5-Hearts}{a-Spades}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} with 8,000 in the middle when Daria Feshchenko bet 4,000 after a check from her opponent. The latter ended up calling after a minute.

Feshchenko tabled {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a pair of aces and she took down the last pot of the night as her opponent mucked his cards.

Daria Feshchenko ru
Daria Feshchenko
ru 44,000 13,500

Tags: Daria Feshchenko

Monsters for Biles and Nakamura, Neither Commits Much to Pot

connorrichards • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

In one of the final hands of the evening, Tamon Nakamura opened to 1,500 in middle position and Oliver Biles called in late position.

Nakamura checked on the flop of {8-}{7-}{6-} and Biles checked back. Nakamura checked again on the {2-} turn and Biles again checked back.

Both players checked again on the {6-} river and the table was shocked when they saw the hands the players flipped over. Biles has {a-}{k-} but never took a stab and his opponent won the pot with {a-}{a-}.

Tamon Nakamura jp
Tamon Nakamura
jp 193,900 -6,100
Oliver Biles gb
Oliver Biles
gb 100,000

Tags: Tamon NakamuraOliver Biles

Jeschka Cracks Aces and Doubles Up

gaellej • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Hannes Jeschka raised to 1,300 in early position and was called by the button, before the big blind three-bet to 4,500. Only Jeschka called.

The flop brought {q-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Clubs}, and the big blind bet 6,500. Jeschka thought about his move for a minute and announced all in for 22,800. The big blind called after some thinking, revealing {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} while Jeschka tabled {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

The {2-Hearts} turn and {2-Clubs} river didn't change anything and Jeschka took down the pot doubled up.

Hannes Jeschka fr
Hannes Jeschka
fr 59,500 26,800

Tags: Hannes Jeschka

Campbell Jams River

BrandonBloom • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Rob Campbell
Rob Campbell

The middle position player opened to 1,500 and called when Robert Campbell three-bet to 4,900 from the hijack.

The {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} flop saw both players check. The {5-Spades} turn brought a lead for 6,000 and a call by Campbell.

The {k-Diamonds} completed the board and the middle position player bet 17,500. Campbell then jammed in his stack of about 69,000. His opponent thought about it for several minutes while Campbell had his eyes closed, his head down, and appeared to be meditating.

Ultimately, the middle position player let go of his hand and Campbell broke his stillness to scoop the pot and add to his stack.

Robert Campbell au
Robert Campbell
au 111,000 37,000

Tags: Robert Campbell

Late Night Counts From Purple

AnthonyThompson • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Michael Rossitto us
Michael Rossitto
us 181,200 28,600
Rahul Deevara us
Rahul Deevara
us 177,400 15,100
Karolis Sereika lt
Karolis Sereika
lt 145,000 -8,400
David Craven US
David Craven
US 133,200 -29,800
Marcel McGray US
Marcel McGray
US 112,300 18,800
Lee Markholt us
Lee Markholt
us 106,500 18,200
Andrew Ostapchenko us
Andrew Ostapchenko
us 106,500 -35,800
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 94,300 2,000
Brian McDaniel us
Brian McDaniel
us 83,200 42,000
Thai Dinh us
Thai Dinh
us 78,500 78,500
Michael Schwartz fr
Michael Schwartz
fr 77,200 -56,800
Ryan Eriquezzo us
Ryan Eriquezzo
us 76,500 9,000
Curt Kohlberg us
Curt Kohlberg
us 47,200 4,900
Mark Lofthouse ca
Mark Lofthouse
ca 37,600 -15,200
Scott Davies us
Scott Davies
us 32,000 18,800
Mario Mosboeck at
Mario Mosboeck
at 28,700 -38,500
Bill Klein us
Bill Klein
us 27,600 6,300
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 10,200 -36,300