After nine levels of late registration on Day 1 in Event #61: $600 Deepstack Championship a field of 3,916 entrants created a prizepool of $1,997,160 and a first place prize of $252,491. The end of the day saw 448 players bagging a stack with each guaranteed a payout of at least $1,051.
At the top of the chip counts was Tennessee native Robert Hankins, who bagged 868,000. Hankins is no stranger to deep runs in big fields. Hankins is a big name on the WSOP circuit with 10 WSOP rings to his name. In total Hankins has 18 cashes at the WSOP and further 100 on the circuit.
Hankins got a big stack after the dinner break and continued to build upon it as the day went on. There will be no doubt that Hankins will be looking to add a bracelet to his already impressive WSOP resume.
Following him in the chip counts are Samuel Taylor (838,000), Radoslav Stoyanov (830,000), and Dhuval Mudgal (786,000).
Some bracelet winners also will be looking to add to their already distinguished collections. Mark Saif (556,000), Barry Shulman (258,000), Sejin Park (229,000), Barry Greenstein (136,000), and Allyn Shulman (102,000) will all be looking to add another bracelet to their resume.
2020 Main Event Champion Damian Salas (530,000) holds the distinction of the last remaining main event champion in the field. Other well known pros include Liyingxue Ji (550,000), Bart Lybaert (523,000), Daniel Eichorn (313,000), Aymon Hata (275,000) and Maria Lampropulos (132,000).
Day 2 will restart at 12 p.m. PT on November 2 at the The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
The 448 remaining players will be starting at Level 18 with 5,000/10,000 blinds and a 10,000 big blind ante. They will play 10 levels with a duration of 60-minutes each. There will be 15-minute breaks every two levels and a 60-min dinner break after Level 23 (≈ 6:30 p.m.). The remaining players will bag at the end of the day and the remaining players will return for Day 3 the following day.
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