Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1 of Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Set to Start

A sizable field is expected to show up for Event #8 ($1,000 NLHE), with the tournament providing the WSOP's most inexpensive route to winning one these bad boys

In just about a half an hour yet another $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at the World Series of Poker will get underway, with thousands of hopefuls expected to take their shot at a huge six-figure payday. Sporting the lowest buy-in of an open event at the WSOP, the $1,000 NLHE's have become a mainstay during the last few years, as an avalanche of amateurs rolls through the Rio on an annual basis.

While these tournaments have taken on the often derisive moniker of "donkament" due to their relatively fast structure and amateur-heavy fields, professional players have been known to flex their muscles on the $1,000 buy-in felt before.

Last year it was pro Matt Waxman who earned his first gold bracelet - along with a $305,952 payday - by winning the second $1,000 NLHE event on the schedule, and along with the army of amateurs we expect to litter the field today, there will also be plenty of pros in attendance as well.

Keep it here throughout the day to follow along with PokerNews' live coverage of Event #9, as cards will be in the air at 12 noon local time.

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