We've got Day 1a's episode embedded for you below, but we also want to fill you in on a few things ESPN left out.
One of the highlights of the summer for PokerListings.com was watching Nelly perform at the PokerStars party at the Palms. Nelly played the Main Event on Day 1a but aside from a few quick cutaways he didn't get any real camera time.
We heard all sorts of outlandish tales of Nelly's play on Day 1a. Open-raising to 20 times the big blind, cbetting twice pot and generally not following the standard rules of play.
We would have loved to see him go deep but his erratic behavior landed him a spot on the rail pretty quick on his Day 1 flight. Nelly's told us that he does take poker seriously, and that he's trying to improve his game, but he'll have to wait for 2010 for another shot at the Main Event.
For even more Main Event Day 1a happenings check out the live updates we did from the tournament floor while it was all going down.
The first episode has some sick hands. Lex Veldhuis gets a ton of screen time, running a series of risky bluffs and getting away from them. Jason Alexander gets a bit, as does Orel Hershiser. Check out the Day 1a broadcast below and check in tomorrow for Day 1b.