Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 1a Completed

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

MattHansen • 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

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

MattHansen • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
Winamax Team Pro
it 363,500 -95,800
Rittie Chuaprasert us
Rittie Chuaprasert
us 345,700
Alex Livingston ca
Alex Livingston
ca 319,200 29,200
David Fong us
David Fong
us 298,500 298,500
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de 273,800 68,800
Billy Baxter us
Billy Baxter
us 248,600 23,600
Dragana Lim us
Dragana Lim
us 237,700 17,700
Vladimir Vasilyev us
Vladimir Vasilyev
us 232,000 232,000
Vidur Sethi in
Vidur Sethi
in 226,200 -10,300
Ayaz Mahmood us
Ayaz Mahmood
us 221,200 11,200
Ido Aboudi il
Ido Aboudi
il 219,100 219,100
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 212,500 2,500
Roman Hrabec cz
Roman Hrabec
cz 212,100 12,100
Jeff Thoney US
Jeff Thoney
US 209,900 32,900
Doyle Elliott us
Doyle Elliott
us 202,200 202,200
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 197,200 32,200
Yifu He us
Yifu He
us 196,600 196,600
Perry Friedman us
Perry Friedman
us 195,500 -48,500
David Flood CA
David Flood
CA 193,300 193,300
Lewe Thiessen de
Lewe Thiessen
de 192,000 192,000
Eric Stamey us
Eric Stamey
us 189,900 118,400
JJ Liu tw
JJ Liu
tw 180,200 31,300
Justin Lunin-Pack US
Justin Lunin-Pack
US 176,600 6,600
Todd Ivens us
Todd Ivens
us 174,600 -400
Brendan Taylor us
Brendan Taylor
us 173,300 173,300

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Day 1a Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Day 1a generated a field of 523 entries and 348 players survived the day. Assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Moreno Sends One Out Late

NicholasBaltz • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Johnnie Moreno
Johnnie Moreno

Johnnie Moreno had an opponent all in and at risk on the flop {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{k-Spades}.

Johnnie Moreno: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}
Opponent: {k-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Moreno was ahead with his pocket aces but he had to dodge some outs.

The turn was the {j-Diamonds} and the river was {6-Hearts} as Moreno held to score the knockout.

Johnnie Moreno us
Johnnie Moreno
us 111,400 8,300

Tags: Johnnie Moreno

Last Five Hands Announced

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Tournament staff has stopped the clock with ten minutes remaining and all those still in contention will play five hands prior to bagging and tagging.

Mateos Loses Some; Gets it All Back

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Adrian Mateos raised to 1,500 and was called by Amnon Filippi, Chris Sandrock and Warwick Dunnett in the big blind. They checked the {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{9-Diamonds} flop and Sandrock bet the {6-Clubs} turn for 3,000, earning two calls.

On the {10-Diamonds} river, Sandrock checked and Dunnett bet 6,000. Only Mateos called and mucked an inferior flush when Dunnett revealed the {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Shortly after, Mateos tangled in a big pot with Sandrock as they went all the way to the {j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} river with 80,000 in the middle. Mateos bet 52,200 and Sandrock eventually folded.

Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 210,000 17,000
Chris Sandrock us
Chris Sandrock
us 140,000 -15,000
Amnon Filippi us
Amnon Filippi
us 108,000 -32,000
Warwick Dunnett us
Warwick Dunnett
us 77,000 47,000

Tags: Adrian MateosAmnon FilippiChris Sandrock

Lam Takes One Down

Tboss • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

The action folded around to the button who raised to 1,500 and Vincent Lam defended the big blind.

The dealer spread a flop of {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and Lam check-called a bet of 1,500.

The {3-Diamonds} landed on the turn and both players checked to see the {k-Diamonds}. Lam threw out a bet of 2,100 and his opponent quickly mucked.

Vincent Lam ca
Vincent Lam
ca 95,000 -12,000

Tags: Vincent Lam

Bridge Brings In The Chips

tucsonmonster • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Starr Bridge opened from under the gun to 1,500. He was called by a player in early position, middle position, the button, and both blinds.

It went six ways to the flop which came {q-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. The action check to the player on the button who bet 1,500. Bridge called as well as the player in middle position.

The action checked through the {2-Spades} turn.

The {7-Spades} complete the board. Bridge led with a bet of 5,000 and was called by the player in middle position.

Bridge table {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for top pair. His opponent mucked.

Von Kriegenbergh Gets Caught Bluffing

Tboss • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

On a {j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop, Taylor von Kriegenbergh check-called a bet of 2,800 from Jeff Thoney.

the {a-Diamonds} on the turn got checked by both players and when the {10-Spades} landed on the river Von Kriegenbergh fired out a bet of 10,000. Thoney thought about it for about ten seconds and as soon as he put in the call Von Kriegenbergh mucked his hand. Thoney followed suit and took the pot without showdown.

Jeff Thoney US
Jeff Thoney
US 177,000 177,000
Taylor von Kriegenbergh us
Taylor von Kriegenbergh
us 148,500 38,500

Tags: Taylor von Kriegenbergh