Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 completed

D’Alesandro Dominates Day 1 in the Latest $1,000 No-Limit

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Chip Leader Dave D'Alesandro
Chip Leader Dave D'Alesandro

As usual, the latest $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event drew a massive field to the Rio Sunday.

By the time registration closed, a grand total of 2,043 had signed up for the budget bracelet event. But as quick as they came into the Pavilion and Brasilia Rooms, the faster the masses dusted off the rather paltry 3,000-chip starting stacks and the field was cut to 215 and in the money just 20 minutes into the day’s last level.

Two players busted on the same hand to split 216th-place money and avoid the heartbreak of the bubble with their piece of an $1,875 score, leaving the rest of the field to chase the healthy $335,659 and World Series of Poker gold bracelet that awaits the winner here.

The post-bubble line up at the payouts cage then got longer and longer as short stacks shoved in the money. By the time the level was finally through, just 168 players remained headed into tomorrow’s Day 2.

Some big names built some big stacks today including the legendary eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, 2004 WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams, 2013 WSOP Main Event finalist JC Tran, and 2012 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche.

Several other recognizable figures also built towers of checks, including 2010 WSOP Main Event finalists Soi Nguyen and Jason Senti, WSOP bracelet winner James Mackey and WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja.

The first two players over the 100,000-chip mark included David D’Alesandro and Simon Lam, the latter of whom got the best of WSOP circuit god Dwyte Pilgrim to snatch the sizable stack he spent most of the day building.

Lam slowed down a little after that, but D’Alesandro did not, busting player after player on the way to a chip-leading 154,400 stack.

Play will resume at 1 p.m. inside the Amazon Room tomorrow with hopes of reaching the final table. Check back with PokerNews Live Updates early and often to follow all the action.

Tags: Dave D'AlesandroDavid WilliamsDominik NitscheDwyte PilgrimErik SeidelJames MackeyJason SentiJC TranMukul PahujaSoi Nguyen

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user249920] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Dave D'Alesandro us 154,400
Bronson Tucker US 108,700 700
David Lucchesi US 107,300
Jonathan Neckar 98,300
Thayer Rasmussen us 91,200
Zo Karim US 88,100
Jeffrey Flannery 87,700
Christophe Gross 86,000
Soi Nguyen us 83,700
Vasil Medarov bd 83,100
Erik Seidel us 80,600
Dominik Nitsche de 79,200
Simon Lam us 78,000 -800
Timothy Emmerton 76,000
JC Tran us 74,700
Jeff Sluzinski us 74,600 -7,400
Joseph Stachowiak 72,500
Lance Harris US 71,700
Shawn Keller 67,800
Jason Senti us 67,100
Mukul Pahuja us 64,800
Vincent Maglio 64,000
David Burt GB 63,800
Hunter Frey us 62,500
Fausto Saucedo US 62,400 -8,100

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Tags: Byron Kaverman

Stack Sizes

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Below is a selection of end of the day chip counts:

Dave D'Alesandro us 154,400 49,400
Bronson Tucker US 108,000 108,000
Thayer Rasmussen us 91,200 57,200
Zo Karim US 88,100 16,500
Soi Nguyen us 83,700 39,700
Erik Seidel us 80,600 -15,400
Dominik Nitsche de 79,200 4,200
Simon Lam us 78,800 -31,200
JC Tran us 74,700 32,700
Jason Senti us 67,100 24,700
Mukul Pahuja us 64,800 64,800
David Williams us 50,000 -21,000
Jason Koon us 25,900 13,900
gabriel nassif FR 6,600 -2,400

Eliminations in the Money

[user249920] • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Dmitrii Valouev Busted
Josh Schoonover us Busted
Alexandros Kolonias gr Busted
John Do Busted
David Singontiko us Busted
Loren Klein us Busted
Matthew Humphrey Busted
Leigh Nicolai-Moon Busted
John Alm Busted
Colin Fossitt Busted
Stephen Nussrallah us Busted
Diana Allen Busted
Tleuzhan Jumakov Busted
Sung Kim Busted
Paul Newey gb Busted
Sven Oberlander Busted
Anthony Harb us Busted
Elizabeth Montizanti us Busted