As anticipated, yesterday’s third and final Day 1 flight for the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event saw a massive turnout with 3,768 players showing up to participate in poker’s most prestigious event, bringing the overall total for the tournament to 6,683.
By night’s end it was Eric Tracy bagging the most chips of anyone who played Day 1c, with his stack of 206,175 putting him first among all of those making Day 2. And not far behind Tracy was none other than Phil Ivey who gathered 187,025, positioning himself early to attempt another deep Main Event run.
Here’s a look at the big numbers, big stacks, and big names from yesterday’s busy Day 1c.
The 3,768 players who played Day 1c represents the largest ever Day 1 flight in a WSOP Main Event, exceeding the 3,467 who came out for Day 1c a year ago. Meanwhile the overall total of 6,683 is an increase of 331 over the 6,352 who played the 2013 Main Event, the first time since 2010 there has been an increase in Main Event field sizes.
That group creates an overall prize pool of $62,820,200 with the top 693 finishers due to divide up those riches. Those earning minimum cashes will pick up $18,405 apiece while the guaranteed first prize of $10,000,000 sits up top for the winner.
Here’s a look at the final table payouts for those making it to this year’s November Nine:
The WSOP has provided a few more interesting numbers to ponder from this year’s Main Event. The field is comprised of players coming from 83 different countries, with the average age 39.28 years old. Of the group, 6,403 (95.8%) are men and 282 women (4.2%).
A total of 2,571 players survived on Day 1c, thus bringing the overall number of players still alive in the 2014 Main Event to 4,504.
As noted, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey did well for himself on Day 1c, and near the end of play appeared as though he might have secured the chip lead for the day after a hand arose during the final level in which he eliminated an opponent after flopping a jack-high straight to end the night with 187,025. But in the end Eric Tracy’s 206,175 nudged him ahead of Ivey as well as Day 1a leader Martin Jacobson (200,100) and Day 1b leader Trey Luxemburger (193,450) to become the overall frontrunner in the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
Others accumulating big stacks on Monday to grab spots near the top of the Day 1c counts included Ronnie Pease (181,850), Nick Yunis (171,100), Tom Sarra, Jr. (168,100), Martin Hansen (167,250), Jared Bleznick (165,200), and Blair Hinkle (161,650).
There were several other notables as well who finished the flight with six figures, including Artem Litvinov (142,475), Ali Eslami (132,800), Daniel Negreanu (129,250), Tommy Hang (125,000), McLean Karr (121,075), Daniel Alaei (117,275), Jake Cody (115,525), Jonathan Roy (113,500), Mark Seif (110,550), Jonathan Jaffe (108,975), James Obst (107,000), Seth Berger (103,000), Brad Booth (101,775), and Matt Matros (101,275).
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The day attracted numerous other big names, including a number from outside the poker world.
Several professional athletes took part, including Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, NFL defensive tackle Richard Seymour, retired Australian cricketer Shane Warne, and NBA players Paul Pierce and Earl Barron. Actor James Woods and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer were also part of the Day 1c field.
Of that group Pierce (60,400) and Barron (59,000) ended the day above the average, Buffer (47,075) ended right about at par, Seymour (27,100) and Piqué (23,325) also found their way through, and Warne and Woods busted.
Many familiar faces from poker were in attendance as well on Monday, with a number surviving to the end of the night with chips including Gus Hansen (90,550), Haralabos Voulgaris (73,700), 2002 Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi (60,900), Amir Lehavot (57,750), 2001 champ Carlos Mortensen (55,125), 1989 champ Phil Hellmuth (49,425), Daniel Colman (49,225), 2005 champ Joe Hachem (48,175), David Tuchman (47,775), 2010 champ Jonathan Duhamel (41,375), 1986 champ Berry Johnston (28,850), and 1998 champ Scotty Nguyen (8,200).
Among those less fortunate who saw their tourneys cut short were three other Main Event champions, Greg Raymer (2004), Jamie Gold (2006), and Jerry Yang (2007), and Main Event runner-up finishers Tuan Lam, Ivan Demidov, John Racener, and Jesse Sylvia.
Also hitting the rail on Day 1c were Steve Billirakis, Calvin Anderson, Jackie Glazier, Andre Akkari, Sam Trickett, Tom Schneider, Davidi Kitai, Kathy Liebert, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Stephen Chidwick, and Shannon Shorr.
Tom Dwan took part yesterday as well and survived all of the way to the very last hand of the night. But unfortunately for him, on that final hand he lost the last of his chips with two pair against an opponent’s flush and thus won’t be continuing his Main Event run.
One very big name not present in this year’s WSOP Main Event list of players was that of Doyle Brunson, who after making the money last year to cash in the Main Event for a fifth straight decade chose not to play this time around.
Today the 1,933 players who survived Days 1a and 1b return to play Day 2, with five more 120-minute levels scheduled. Meanwhile those making it through yesterday will come back on Wednesday to play their Day 2, then the entire field will at last combine on Thursday for Day 3. Play kicks off at 12 noon PDT once again, as it will for each of the remaining days of the Main Event.
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Howard “Tahoe” Andrew was also part of the Day 1c field, playing in his 41st WSOP Main Event and making it through to end the night with a stack of 15,275. He spoke with Amber Fukuda about how much the game has changed over the years.