The Main Event: Day 1A, For All Things There's A Beginning
July 4, 2021

The first 1,116 players to enter this year's World Series of Poker Main Event sat down at the Rio on Friday, to try their luck at the big dance and already quite a few have felt the distinct pain resulting in busting out of the most prestigious poker tournament of the year.

This unfortunate fate did not just befall the newbies and amateur players, numerous well known name pros hit the rail as well including John Phan, Davidi Kitai, Freddy Deeb, Gabe Kaplan, Allen Cunningham, Andy Bloch and 2007 Main Event champion Jerry Yang.

Players who had a more successful day, in that at least they survived, include Gavin Smith, Tony G, Johnny Chan, Gus Hansen, Isaac Baron, Brian Townsend, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Jason Potter, Roland De Wolfe, Mel Judah, Joe Serock, Brad Garrett, Greg "FBT" Mueller, Sorel Mizzi, Michael Craig, Jimmy Fricke and actor Jason Alexander, who ended the day with more chips than any of the players listed above.

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Story by Mark Anderson

Sweet Tweets* from the first Day 1.

It's pretty scary that 10min in with 30,000 in chips someone out and they anounced his name too!!!
-Nick Frangos

Gus Hansen had the halls cluttered up here at the Rio. Heard some lady's swooning and some men complaining, and one lispy OMG Gus Hansen.
-John MacLeod

Finally above start stack for the first time had to fold some huge hands table is so fishy though doubt its real
-Chris Moorman

Won $40 off Abe Mosseri jousting, should have bet him his bracelet. If you're bored on break, go to poker palooza!
-Andy Bloch

Table was just held up for 4 minutes waiting on Jack Link's Sasquatch to take pic of 4 jacks
-John MacLeod

This guy across from me when he has a hand he bets with his right and when he doesn't he bets chips with left !
-Beth Shak

omg yesss, at blue 27 now, I'm the only player at the table without any gray hair :)
-Steve O'Dwyer

Fought my ass off, doubled up late have 17750, feel as good as I can given the situation
-Gavin Smith

*A sampling of twitter posts from Event #57, courtesy of the
PokerRoad Nation.

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