2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian

Maurice Hawkins is Among the Chip Leaders after Day 1 of Event# 26 No-Limit Freezeout

Leo_Contreras • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Maurice Hawkins

Day 1 of Event #26: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em has officially wrapped up and after 22 levels of 30-minute play, only 38 players remain in the field. The event attracted 1,358 players, making a total prize pool of $1,208,620 and walking away from Day 1 as one of the chip leaders was Levi Klump who bagged a whopping 2,230,000 in chips. He won't sit too comfortably on Day 2, however, with none other than 14-time WSOP circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins (915,000) who’s looking for his first WSOP bracelet, and Maxx Coleman (790,000) two very known and feared players, also in the mix.

Some other notable stacks from Event #26: $1,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’Em returning for Day 2 include Rittie Chuaprasert (1,805,000), Richard Talerico (1,480,000), Kazuki Ikeuchi (1,210,000), Cole Ferraro (1,195,000), Axel Reese (1,110,000), Anthony Askey (1,043,000), and Clement Van Dressel (1,000,000).

Unfortunately, not everyone managed to make it through the day's proceedings, and some big names fell short, including Maria Ho, former main event champ Joseph "Joe" McKeehen, 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, David “Chino” Rheem, Barry Greenstein and Dario Sammartino.

The 38 remaining players return for Day 2 on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at noon local time and will play down until there is a winner crowned. When they return, play will resume at Level 22 with a small blind of 10,000, big blind of 25,000, and a big blind ante of 25,000. There will be 15-minute breaks after every four levels.

Who will take home the first-place prize of $199,227 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet? Tune in tomorrow as the PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all the action from the floor until a new bracelet winner has been confirmed has been made so make sure to follow the updates throughout the event.