Meanwhile, Eli Elezra straight-up dominated the day, amassing $302,000 by the conclusion of the 10th and final level while seemingly playing the majority of pots at a table populated, in his opinion, by a majority of bad players.
Elezra took a tidy pot off of Vivek Rajkumar midway through the day after rivering a king-high straight with J-T. Rajkumar check-called both turn and river on a K-J-5-Q-9 board, giving Elezra plenty of room to catch his straight and going so far as to ask his rival whether he'd flopped a set on the hand.
Elezra would show down his straight and after the youngster tabled a set of queens (for whatever reason feeling obliged to show down his losing hand), told his counterpart, "I was so happy when you asked me this question if I flopped a set because I knew you didn't have ace-ten." Then he raked his chips.
Anyway, 70 players survived the day and will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. to play down to the final table, with Elezra leading Amit Makhija ($270,000), Justin Newton ($230,000), Mike Sowers ($230,000), Nenad Medic, Vivek Rajkumar, Phil Laak, Tuan Le and Patrik Antonius, among others.
Joining the WSOP party tomorrow is Event 2, the first $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em donkament of the season. This event features two Day 1's due to the hordes of NLHE-mad low-level rounders who are expected to come busting down the doors of the Rio on their way to the bracelets, the glory, the money, power and respeck.
PokerListings.com already has enough of the latter three to go around and we'll do all the bestowing of glory around here, thanks. Stick around to find out who get the PL's leftovers.