Yesterday was the last day to register for the 2014 WSOP Main Event and take part in the hunt for the $10 million first place prize. Those waiting for the last moment to register could not postpone it any more and the number of players taking part on Day 1C swelled to a record-breaking 3,968. It became the biggest ever number of players to start a day in the history of the Main Event.
Combined with players from the other two starting days, the total number of entries climbed to 6,683. For the first time since 2010, the player field of the Main Event increased after shrinking from 2011-2013. The promise of a huge payday for the winner certainly has something to do with the greater number of entries.
The overall prize pool for the tournament now stands at $62,820,200 and 693 players will finish in the money. While the minimum amount anybody who makes it past the bubble will be walking away with is $18,400, the real big money is reserved for the final table. There is a big discrepancy between first and second place, as the runner-up will be taking home $5,146,000. It will likely be a tense heads-up, especially if two amateur players happen to face off in a poker match worth nearly $5 million more to the winner. Making the November Nine guarantees a payout of $730,000, while 2nd to 7th place finishers will become millionaires (if they aren’t already).
Not surprisingly, many former Main Event winners made it through Day 1 and will be taking their seats tonight and tomorrow to continue the journey toward Day 3. A couple of them, however, made an early exit. Those who definitely won’t be repeating as champions include 2004 winner Greg Raymer, 2006 champ Jamie Gold, and the title holder from 2007, Jerry Yang.
Eric Tracy will be returning as the overall chip leader for Day 2 with a stack of 206,175. Tracy takes over the first position from Martin Jacobsen, who bagged 200,100 at the end of Day 1A. Although Day 1A was the smallest starting field, Jacobsen’s stack is still good enough for the second overall position. Some of the big names who ended their first day with a lot of chips in front of them include Phil Ivey (187,000), Eric Seidel (134,000), and Jared Bleznick (165,000).
As play gets underway for tonight’s action of the first of two Day 2 flights, we are certain to see some more exits and many of the nearly 2,000 players who start tonight will not be bagging chips for Thursday. On the other side of the spectrum are those who will continue to accumulate chips and build their stacks, coming one step closer to the biggest final table in all of poker taking place in November.