With this year seeing the WSOP celebrating 10 years at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 2005 Champion Joe Hachem sent the cards in the air.
Fellow Main Event Champions led players into the field with both Ryan Riess and Greg Merson finding themselves located on the feature table, while Chris Moneymaker, Tom McEvoy, and Johnny Chan were also in the field alongside bracelet winners Jason Mercier, Phil Laak, Ted Forrest, Hoyt Corkins, John Monnette, Billy Baxter, Antonio Esfandiari, David Singer, and Layne Flack.
The first flight's starting field of 771 was cut down to 505 by the end of play, with Swede Martin Jacobson ending the day as chip leader with 200,100.
Aaron Wilt (157,650), Seamus Cahill (150,775), Andy Hwang (118,875), Pahuja (114,800), and Alex Simic (110,675) all round out the top few chip counts while the likes of Flack (75,450), Riess (70,225), Moneymaker (69,850), Esfandiari (59,775), and Annette Obrestad (54,625) all sit with healthy stacks.
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