436 players started today's tournament and, by day's end, just 63 were left. Such is nature of Pot-Limit Omaha where pots build quickly and chip leads are won and lost just as fast.
Many notable names left the game early, including Barry Greenstein, Gavin Griffin, Katja Thater, Greg Raymer, Erick Lindgren, and Daniel Negreanu. Not all of the big names fell short though, with folks like John Juanda, J.C. Tran, Farzad Bonyadi, Joe Beevers and Phil Ivey - fresh off of collecting his seventh career bracelet - advancing to Day 2.
Jesse Rios established an early chip lead, but fell back into the pack during the middle of the day. A late run in the final levels lifted him back among the leaders where he sits as one of the big stacks going into Day 2.
Day 1 Chip Leaders
J.C. Tran - 177,000
Jesse Rios - 110,000
Theo Jorgensen - 107,000