2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship

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

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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

PlacePlayerCountryChips
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

YearDAY 1ADAY 1BDAY 1CDAY 1DTOTALPRIZE POOL
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
20081,2971,1581,9282,4616,844$64,333,600
20091,1168731,6962,8096,494$61,043,600
20101,1251,4892,3142,3917,319$68,798,600
20118979852,1812,8026,865$64,531,000
20121,0662,1143,418-6,598$62,021,200
20139431,9423,467-6,352$59,708,800
20147712,1443,768-6,683$62,820,200
20157411,7163,963-6,420$60,348,000
20167641,7334,240-6,737$63,327,800
20177952,1644,262-7,221$67,877,400
20189252,3784,571-7,874$74,015,600
20191,3351,9154,877-8,569$80,548,600
20215238456002,5504,518+tba

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