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WSOP Main Event on Track for Record

7 July 2014, By: Pokerjunkie.com
The 2014 WSOP Main Event is underway and after a slow start on Day 1a, numbers are back on track to potentially set all-time records.
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The 2014 WSOP Main Event is underway and after a slow start on Day 1a, numbers are back on track to potentially set all-time records.

Also, two-time champion Doyle Brunson has claimed yet again that he has played his last Main Event.

After Slow Start WSOP Main Event Back on Track to Break Records

The 2014 WSOP Main Event kicked off on Saturday with the first of two starting flights. This year's Main Event will award $10 Million for first place.

The big story coming out of Day 1a was the significant drop in player participation. Only 771 players showed up on Day 1a, down 18.2% from last year.

WSOP issued its version of a "Remain Calm" message and said that numbers were in good shape. Fortunately, Day 1b backed up those claims.

Day 1b drew a monster field of 2,144, up from the 1,942 a year ago. The combined fields produced a total of 2,915 players, up 30 players from this point last year.

WSOP officials claim that Day 1c could prove to be the largest in starting flight in WSOP history. For that to happen, more than 3,418 players will have to enter the event on Monday.

Martin Jacobson is the overall chip leader through Day 1b with 200,100. Other players near the top of the leaderboard include Kenny Tran, Kevin MacPhee, David Williams, Matt Affleck, Erik Seidel and Johnny Chan.

Brunson Reportedly Will Not Play Main Event

It appears that the legendary Doyle Brunson has rode into the sunset, at least as far as the Main Event is concerned. Brunson announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has played his last Main Event.

To everybody who keeps asking...I'm not playing the Main Event. Hours are just too damn long.#oldpokerplayersneverdietheyjustfadeaway

- Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) July 5, 2014

Of course, TexDolly made the same claim last year and decided to play the Main Event at the last minute.

He went on to cash in the Main Event, finishing in 409th. It was his first Main Event cash since his 53rd place finish in 2004.

Brunson did play in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship but finished well short of the money. Otherwise, he has been playing high-stakes cash games that have run in Vegas since the start of the Series.

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