Hellmuth Makes Grand Entrance ... as a Reporter? - WSOP News
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As is tradition, Phil Hellmuth made his grand - and late - entrance to the Main Event on Day 1c of the 2011 WSOP.
Only surprise this year, perhaps, was the complete lack of grandeur.
Numbers Swell, Hellmuth Arrives, Song Leads
As players took their seats on Day 1c of the 2011 WSOP Main Event, the question on everyone's minds was whether the Main Event would continue its slide in attendance.
Those questions were quickly answered when a field of 2,181 players took to the seats on Day 1c.
This brings the three-day total to over 4,000 players. With at least another 2,000 already registered for tommorow's Day 1c, the turnout is well over what was predicted.
The final opening day will have to go well over 3,000 players, however, if this event hopes to break last year's numbers.
Early on, word around the Rio was that Phil Hellmuth was making his appearance.
Hellmuth himself dropped on his Twitter account that he was making a "network entrance."
While many expected dancing girls and a circus-like atmosphere, Hellmuth's entrance was somewhat subdued compared to last year.
Hellmuth made his entrance to the Main Event in a suit with a microphone is hand, being filmed by ESPN.
After he made his entrance, he proceeded to go to the WSOP Main Event stage where he filmed several segments for ESPN"s World Series of Poker broadcasts.
Finally, Hellmuth left the microphone behind and took his seat at the poker table.
His play during the day was somewhat uninspiring as he quickly became short stacked and battled the rest of the day just to stay alive.
He finished the day with 11,800, but will need a lot of work should he hope to even sniff the money bubble.
Former Champs Thrive ... Kind Of
2010 Champion Jonathan Duhamel was in the Day 1c field as well.
One downside of being the current champion is that your play is always under a microscope and players will take their shots at you.
As such, Duhamel had an up and down day at the tables. Fortunately, he was able to make a late double-up to get around even in chips again, and from there he finished with 41,150 when the final hand was dealt.
2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada was among the players that advanced to Day 2 of the event. He finished the day nearly double his starting stack with 58,225.
Tom McEvoy is another former Main Event Champ that will see Day 2. He finished the day with 45,000 in chips.
Kevin Song finished the day as the Day 1c chip leader with 163,325. Christopher McClung isn't far behind with 162,375.
At the end of the day, 1,360 players remained and will return on Day 2a on Monday with the Day 1c survivors.
Fred Berger will lead the combined field of 2,031 players on Monday as they begin their journey towards the money bubble.
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