Shak, Ashton Power Through Solid Day 1a of 2016 WSOP Main Event

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The first starting day of the 2016 World Series of Poker received a slight uptick of 23 players over last year.

In total 764 players flooded the Rio looking to for a piece of WSOP glory.

Among them were pros Andy Black, Doc Sands, Thor Hansen, Neil Blumenfield, Billy Baxter, Kelly Minkin, Mike Matusow and Naoya Kihara.

The night ended with approximately 560 players still chasing the poker dream. For more info be sure to check out our WSOP Main Event On-Demand Live updates.

Gary Sewell Clears 300,000

Here’s an approximate look at the top 10, according to

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1. Gary Sewell - 312,500
2. Alvaro Lopez - 306,200
3. Scott Neuman - 226,000
4. Sean Case - 222,500
5. Matthew Ashton - 212,600
6. Dan Shak - 208,000
7. Adam Friedman - 188,000
8. Richard Carlson - 175,000
9. Peter Eichardt - 171,000
10. Martin Verdegaal - 170,000

Former athletes continue to make the WSOP their second home.

Richard Seymour, who played for the Oakland Raiders, and Antoine Winfield, of the Minnesota Vikings, both hit the felt on Day 1a.

There were at least a couple husband and wife teams in the field today. Phil Galfond and Farah Galfond played as did Matt Brady and Esther Taylor Brady.

With nearly 200 eliminations there were plenty of pros who took their place on the rail including Billy Baxter, Mark Radoja, Greg Mueller and Calvin Anderson.

Kelly Minkin, the last woman standing in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, also had the misfortune of busting today.

Phil Ivey Still Absent From WSOP

For those keeping track at home Phil Ivey did not make his debut on Day 1a of the Main Event. Ivey has yet to play a single event at the WSOP but he has two more days to finally hit the felt.

Meanwhile Shannon Shorr (129,500 chips), Gaelle Baumann (126,000) Neil Blumenfield (81,000), David "Doc" Sands (83,000) and Alex Jacob (35,300) were among the players who punched their ticket to Day 2.

Day 1b of the Main Event kicks off at 11 a.m. You can follow along via our On-Demand live updates.

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