Monday June 13, 2011 : In event 20, the $1,000 buy-in  No-Limit Hold'em, 3 175 contestants registered Sunday, creating a prize pool of $2.86 million as the event launched. There were too many pro players to name as the Amazon Room filled up with players taking their seats, and virtually every big name in the game spotted among the crowds of hopefuls thronging the venue.
 
The action on the first day was hectic to say the least, with only 390 players still at the tables at level 9 around midnight Sunday Vegas time.
 
Top ten chip counts were led by Doug Lang and included Justin Sloan, Lex Veldhuis, Brett Shaffer, Amnon Filippi, Austin Held, Yuval Bronshtein, Cherish Andrews, John Phan and Chris Dombrowski.