Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Doug Lang Is Chip Leader At End Of Day 1

Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis is near the top of our chip counts with 73,000

The Rio was filled to the brim with players for today's Day 1 of the most recent $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. What started with 3,175 is now only 342 and at the end of Day 1 we are only 20 players from the money. Our chip leader (and as far as we can tell the only player over 100,000 chips) is Doug Lang with 119,700. Justin Sloan also came close to the 100,000 mark with 99,400. The story of the day however has to be PokerStars Team Pro Lex Veldhuis who was down to only 800 chips early on but ended Day 1 with 73,000 and near the top of our counts.

Other notables making it to Day 2 are Amnon Filippi (65,400), Yuval Bronshtein (52,400), John Phan (42,700), Jason Somerville (36,500), Scott Montgomery (32,500), Tim West (26,000), Taylor Paur (25,000), Shaun Deeb (24,000) and Gavin Smith (9,000).

Notables who didn't make it to Day 2 include, Matt Jarvis, Randall Flowers, Galen Hall, Joe Cada, Faraz Jaka, Jeff Sarwer, Antonio Esfandiari, Josh Brikis, Scotty Nguyen, Justin Young, Jeff Madsen, Liv Boeree, Eric Baldwin and many others.

Like we said, we are only 20 players from the money, so we can assume it will be an intense start to Day 2. But when the money bubble bursts we should see players being eliminated like wildfire. While we certainly won't make it to a final table tomorrow, we should see some real chip leaders emerge as the field thins and the bracelet becomes a real possibility. We restart tomorrow at 2:30 PM PST in the Amazon Room. See you there.