6,865 Makes for Third-Largest Main Event Ever
The state of the live poker economy was proven very strong on Sunday when the official numbers were announced for the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
WSOP officials announced on Saturday night that the registered field for Sunday's Day 1d had already exceeded 2,200 runners.
By the time registration closed on Sunday, the total for Day 1d was 2.802, making the final total for entries 6,865.
That means this year's Main Event is officially the third largest in WSOP history.
Somewhere around Day 4, the money bubble will burst with 693 players getting paid.
Just min-cashing in the Main Event will pocket a player $19,359.
Eight out of nine that make the November Nine will leave with more than $1 million and the winner of the Main Event will take home $8.71 million in top-prize money.
Maynard Little Emerges With Day 1d Chip Lead
Speaking of the November Nine, four of last year's November Nine were in action on Day 1d.
Joseph Cheong, John Dolan, Matt Jarvis and Jason Senti all were in action, but only Cheong would survive.
Cheong moved up over 40,000 in chips late in the day and will return on Tuesday for Day 2b.
After five levels of play, 1,874 players were left from the Day 1d field.
Those players will return on Tuesday and join the field of 616 that survived Day 1b.
The combined field of 2,490 players will then begin their march to the money bubble, which is expected to take as much as two full days of play.
Maynard Little finished with 179,450 in chips after Day 1d and is the chip leader. French pro Anthony Lellouche is sitting in 5th and has 155,200.
Other big names with chips include Kevin MacPhee, Lyle Berman, Freddy Deeb, Doug Lee, Benjamin Volpe, and former Main Event Champion Jamie Gold.
Gold was one of three former champions that survived Day 1d along with Joe Hachem and Huck Seed.
Day 2a will kick off on Monday with 2,031 players. Fred Berger will start as the chip leader with 209,000.
Former bracelet winner Kevin Song is currently sitting in third in the Day 2a field with 163,325.
David Diaz and Adam Junglen are among the big names in the top 25 in chips.
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