Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Days:
123

Day 1 In the Books, Lane Leading the Way

• Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
Antonio Esfandiari (Event 28) - Always Good For a Prop Bet (and he'll likely take your chips too!)

It certainly was an exciting day here in the Rio. A total of 2,890 players were spread across multiple rooms to start the day but only 304 are moving on to Day 2. Our chip leader at the end of the night was Jon Lane who has amassed a stack of 141,600.

One of the most amusing parts of the day had to be the prop betting antics that went on courtesy of Antonio Esfandiari. (Click here to read all the hilarious details)

Esfandiari is still in the field and ended the day with 70,300. Other notable players still in the hunt include Phil Hellmuth (25,600), Matt Graham (30,000), Jean-Robert Bellande (21,000), and Blair Hinkle (27,400).

Amongst the many players who busted today there were quite a few familiar faces including Chris Moneymaker, Hoyt Corkins, Freddy Deeb, Tom Dwan, Scott Clements, David Singer, and David Chiu.

A total of 297 players will be cashing in this event so we're sure the money bubble will burst early tomorrow which will make for another exciting day of poker!

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Tags: Antonio EsfandiariBlair HinkleJean-Robert BellandeJon LaneMatt GrahamPhil Hellmuth