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2021 WSOP Day 40: Joe Hachem Back in Form on Day 1e of the Main Event

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The focus of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continued on the WSOP $10,000 Main Event on Day 40 with Day 1e dominating the action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

David Gerassi bagged the Day 1e chip lead with former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Scott Blumstein also advancing to Wednesday's Day 2cef.

Meanwhile, the $1,111 Little One for One Drop kicked off the first of its three opening flights on Monday with Mukul Pahuja bagging the chip lead.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Scott Hachem and Blumstein Advance Via Day 1e of Main Event

Scott Blumstein
Scott Blumstein

Day 1e of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker is in the books with the fifth of six opening flights to the WSOP’s flagship event attracting 797 players to Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to take their shot with 592 moving on to Day 2cef.

Former champions Scott Blumstein and Joe Hachem qualified for Day 2 after spending the evening on the featured tables that were live-streamed on PokerGO.

Hachem, the 2005 Main Event champion, was joined by mixed game specialists Nathan Gamble and Dylan Linde at a lively featured table with some of the most knowledgeable players in the game. Gamble has three cashes at the 2021 WSOP and has won two career WSOP titles. Linde is looking for his second bracelet after breaking through in this year’s Mixed Omaha event. All three players will continue on to Day 2 and Hachem is near the top part of the leaderboard with 186,100 chips.

Blumstein, the 2017 champion, finished with 95,000 after sharing a table with Jacob Thibodeau and Las Vegas-based pro Matt Stout. Thibodeau already has five cashes at the 2021 WSOP and Stout is looking for his first WSOP gold bracelet. All three players moved on to Day 2.

Day 1e Top 10 Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCountryCHIP COUNTBig Blinds
1David GerassiUnited States316,100395
2Kenn PluardUnited States307,600385
3Conrad De ArmasUnited States302,800379
4James MendozaUnited States255,900320
5Greg PohlerUnited States248,500311
6Victor RamdinUnited States228,300285
7Yiming CaoUnited States228,000285
8Ryan DelgrosUnited States223,400279
9Craig ChaitUnited States222,400278
10Jordan JayneUnited States219,200274

David Gerassi bagged the Day 1e chip lead with 316,100 with Kenn Pluard (307,600) not too far behind. Gerassi came on strong after the dinner break while Pluard is coming off his career-best WSOP finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-handed Event, where he took 48th place.

Meanwhile, Conrad De Armas (302,800) bagged the third biggest stack of Day 1e with the help of chipping up at the very end when his queens full of threes delivered a big hit to Chris Hunichen. He bagged 302,800 and will be among the leaders on Day 2cef.

2021 WSOP Main Event So Far in Numbers

FlightEntriesSurvivorsAdvanced to Day 2
Day 1a52334866.54%
Day 1b84561172.31%
Day 1c60043372.17%
Day 1d2,5501,93375.80%
Day 1e79759274.28%
Day 1fTBDTBDTBD
Total5,3153,91773.70%

In the group of those who will not move onto Day 2 include Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Leng, and Dan Smith. Negreanu suffered an early exit in Level 2 when his kings ran into Ayman Mahfoud’s aces. Leng also fell in Level 2 when he got it in with two-pair but lost to Hunichen's flush. Smith hit the rail after his ace-king didn’t improve against the queens of Matthew Jewett.

Players advancing from Day 1e will return for Day 2cef on Wednesday, November 10. Day 2cef will play another five-two hour levels beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Main Event action continues on Tuesday, November 9 with Day 2abd kicking off at 11 a.m. and Day 1f getting underway at noon local time. Both will play five two-hour levels and players advancing from Day 2abd will combine with the survivors from Wednesday's Day 2cef for Day 3 on Thursday, November 11.

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Pahuja & Ribeiro Lead the Way after Day 1a in Event #68: $1,111 Little One for One Drop

Fernando Ribeiro
Fernando Ribeiro

The first of three opening flights of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop drew 490 entries with 143 survivors and with unlimited re-entries allowed not only through the starting flights but also during the first two levels on Day 2, the field can be expected to rise. In 2019 there was a total of 6,246 entries with the winner James Anderson taking home $690,686.

Many charity initiatives that have been established around the globe have been adopted by the gaming industry, and the One Drop Foundation has become one of the most notable ones.

Mukul Pahuja is the chip leader after Day 1a with 518,300 in chips and with over $5.5 million in live earnings, he will be a player to watch throughout the tournament. He was followed by Fernando Ribeiro (428,000), Poorya Nazari (377,500), Steve Stolzenfeld (376,200), and Jorge Briones (319,500) to round off the top five of the players captured at the end of the night.

Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCountryCHIP COUNTBig Blinds
1Mukul PahujaUnited States518,300259
2Fernando RibeiroUnited States428,000214
3Poorya NazariCanada377,500189
4Steven StolzenfeldUnited States376,200188
5Jorge BrionesHonduras319,500160
6Osmin DardonUnited States296,000148
7Christopher SmithUnited States295,400148
8Wai Kit LoUnited Kingdom292,300146
9Richard WeathingtonUnited States286,000143
10Michael WeberUnited States270,600135

Some notables that that advanced to Day 2 on Thursday, November 11 at 1 p.m. included Daniel Negreanu, Everett Carlton, Donnie Phan, Andres Korn, and Ryan DePaulo.

While some stars can take a break for a couple of days, there are plenty of those who will be in action in the subsequent flights. Day 1b starts Tuesday at 3 p.m. and PokerNews will once again provide live updates from start to finish.

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  • A total of 592 players survived Day 1e of the 2021 WSOP Main Event including former Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Scott Blumstein.

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