I believe the first elimination of the main event happened 34 minutes into Level 1. Although I was in the Amazon Room and not the Pavilion, where other players are in action, I saw a player stand up, emerge from his chair and walk to the rail. Yes, Stuart Nitzkin has been eliminated from the 2010 WSOP main event and therefore spent $10,000 in just more than a half hour. For the next couple of minutes, think about how you would've spent that $10,000 and how Nitzkin did it in a half hour.
At this point, though, one hour into the level, Nitzkin is most definitely not the only one potentially making mistakes. Players are currently playing in the first of their four and a half levels of Day 1 action. So far I've noticed a slew of notable players in action, including Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, Erik Seidel, Greg Raymer, Lacey Jones, Greg Mueller, James Akenhead, Shannon Shorr, Jordan Morgan, Jason Lester, Tiffany Michelle, Maria Ho and Vitaly Lunkin. There are way too many players to name all the celebrities present, but among them I spotted the NBA's Shawn Marion and comedian David Alan Grier. Rumor has it that Jordan Farmar, who made a decent run last year, will not be back for another WSOP attempt.
Raymer, the 2004 main event champion, has had an extremely rough WSOP season, and it didn't get any better in the main event. Yep, he's gone. Raymer was down to $1,200 early on after getting all his chips in with top pair and a flush draw. He was up against a set, then missed the draws and was in deep trouble. Shortly after, he tripled up to $3,200 with a good amount of play left, but he couldn't bring back his 2004 magic and was eliminated. This was a very tough WSOP for the "FossilMan," who had only one small cash.
Players who have emerged with some chips early include Jones, 2010 bracelet winner Steve Jelinek and World Poker Tour announcer Vince Van Patten. Nick Schulman and Chino Rheem are two who have lost a couple of pots early.
Small blinds: Here's a photo of Nitzkin as he headed to the rail. ... I think there's more room between tables this year. It seems roomier in here right now. ... "We Are the Champions" was just being played over the audio system. I didn't know there was a WSOP DJ. ... Lon McEachern and Norman Chad are walking around taking notes on the action today. As the Tournament of Champions was being played out yesterday, the duo sat behind the feature table and recorded audio notes that they'll use when preparing their anecdotes during the WSOP broadcasts. ... How many logos on a player is too many? The player two seats away from Mizrachi is wearing a PokerStars hat, T-shirt and jacket. We get the point, sir. ... Being in this room is just awesome. ... There are three women at Ho's table, according to Ho's Twitter feed. ... The WSOP renewed its 2009 promotion where if you lose or win with pocket jacks, it will award you a Jack Link's prize pack. Sweet. ... Players were given a friendly reminder from tournament director Jack Effel that English is the only language to be spoken while a hand is in progress.