WILLIAMS LEADS THE FIRST DAY

David Williams was leading the first day of the Omaha tournament. The Vegas pro has amassed 137,700 in chips, and is followed by North Dakota’s Mitch Schock (121,600) and Canada’s Ashkan Razavi (115,000) as starting line-up of 606 players was reduced to 131 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Just 482 players entered last year’s event, so this increase of almost 26% marks yet another tournament that has defied the odds to produce a prize pool of $1,378,650 with $310,225 going to the winner.

WILLIAMS BUSTS OUT OF WSOP

David Williams was one of the shocking busts of the WSOP day one. Notable busts included David Williams, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak, Jason Mercier, Michael Mizrachi, Dan “jungleman12″ Cates, and Erick Lindgren.

No. 1, casino employees event: The tourney started with 850 players, and played down to the money, with 77 remaining. Poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande, Matt Savage (tournament director) and Ty Stewart (WSOP exec) are among the players who busted on day one.

Day 2 lookahead

Event No. 1 resumes at 2:30 p.m.; event No. 2 starts again at 3 p.m.