2021 World Series of Poker

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

2021 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
1,200,000 / 2,400,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

Mustapha Kanit Bags the Chip Lead After 2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1a

Level 5 : 300/600, 600 ante
Mustapha Kanit
Mustapha Kanit

The Main Event is underway! Day 1a of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship wrapped up with Mustapha Kanit moving on to Day 2 as the chip leader. The flagship event of the 2021 World Series of Poker attracted 523 runners to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for the first of six starting flights.

Kanit leads the 348 survivors after Day 1a after chipping up early and building his stack consistently over the evening. The Italian poker pro will be looking to win his first WSOP gold bracelet after making two final tables so far at the 2021 WSOP.

Several legends made an appearance on Day 1a, and among them continuing on to Day 2 are Poker Hall of Fame members Doyle Brunson, Billy Baxter, and Tom McEvoy.

2021 WSOP Main Event Top 10 Chip Stacks After Day 1a

RankPlayerCountryChip Count 
1Mustapha KanitItaly363,500 
2Rittie ChuaprasertUnited States345,700 
3Alex LivingstonCanada319,200 
4David FongUnited States298,500 
5Fabian QuossGermany273,800 
6Billy BaxterUnited States248,600 
7Dragana LimUnited States237,700 
8Vladimir VasilyevUnited States232,000 
9Vidur SethiIndia226,200 
10Ayaz MahmoodUnited States221,200 

Brunson made his first appearance in the Main Event since 2013, and he will move on to Day 2 with 151,000 in chips. The 10-time WSOP champion was up to some of his old tricks, making great reads and dragging big pots late in Day 1.

McEvoy, the 1983 Main Event champion, will also return for Day 2 with 96,900 in chips. The four-time champion is playing in his 37th Main Event and he is looking for his third cash of the series after hitting the pay window in the 2021 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha and $1,500 Seven Card Stud events.

Baxter will return among the leaders after bagging 248,000 chips. The seven-time bracelet winner was a serious contender throughout the day, and he'll have the opportunity to turn one of the bigger stacks into a deep run at the Main Event.

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson makes his first WSOP Main Event appearance since 2013.

Other notable players making it through to Day 2 include Rittie Chuaprasert (345,700), Alex Livingston (319,200), David Fong (298,500), Fabian Quoss (273,800), and Perry Friedman (195,500).

Damian Salas arrived to defend his 2020 WSOP Main Event championship but he was on the rail before the end of the first level. He first lost almost his entire stack with a turned nut flush and then Peter Gould made a straight with pocket fives against Salas' ace-queen.

Other players not moving on to Day 2 include Calvin Anderson, Upeshka De Silva, Dylan Weisman, Jerod Smith, and 2021 Player of the Year points leader Jake Schwartz.

Damian Salas
Damian Salas' title defense came to a brutal end in level 1.

Day 1b will kick off on Friday at 11 a.m. and play the same five two-hour levels as today. Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews live reporting team to catch all of the action from the floor in the second of six opening flights of the 2021 Main Event at the World Series of Poker.

Tags: Alex LivingstonBilly BaxterCalvin AndersonDamian SalasDoyle BrunsonDylan WeismanFabian QuossJake SchwartzJerod SmithMustapha KanitPeter GouldRittie ChuaprasertTom McEvoyUpeshka De Silva