Doyle Brunson Plays in His First Main Event Since 2013 06 Nov

Day 1A was an eventful start to the $10,000 Main Event with a small field, a police lockdown and the 5th double bracelet winner of 2021.
How many runners will the Main Event get? That has been one of the most hotly debated gambling topic of 2021 and last night we got our first hint at an answer. 523 people played Day 1A of the $10,000 Main Event with 348 making it to Day 2.
The nearest thing to compare it to was Day 1A in 2019, which attracted 1,335 entries. That would suggest those betting the under on a similar overall field size might have reason to celebrate, although the big difference this year is there are six starting days instead of three, so we will see a wider spread of entries.
Mustapha Kanit is the Day 1A chip leader but the headline of the day goes to the return of Doyle Brunson to the Main Event. The 88-year-old has not played this event which he has won twice since 2013 and he goes into Day 2 as one of the bigger stacks with 151,000 chips.

Check out the action at the tables with a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner in the video below.

The Rio gets locked down

There was also real life drama as the Rio was locked down for two hours, with nobody allowed to enter or leave, after a 'suspicious item' was found inside a vehicle (insert your own Phil Hellmuth joke here). The poker action was unaffected during the police operation.