Day 1C, the last and final day to register for the World Series of Poker Main Event, made history Monday when 3,418 players forked over the $10,000 buy-in to make it the largest one-day field of players ever.
Adding to the 1,066 players on Day 1A and the 2,114 on Day 1B, the total field for the 43rd annual Main Event is 6,598 players, falling just a couple hundred short of last year’s total of 6,865. If only PokerStars had finalized its purchase of Full Tilt and reimbursed players prior to the Main Event, perhaps 268 more players could have entered and eclipsed 2011’s number of entrants.
As it stands, the 2012 Main Event is the fifth largest poker tourney of all time. This year’s champion will earn $8,527,982. Prize money will go to the top 666 finishers, with $19,227 being reserved for the lowest rung on the in-the-money ladder.