by Joseph Smith Sr.
World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1 played the third and final flight today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now those players with chips will move on to one of the two Day 2's scheduled to be played Tuesday and Wednesday. Current plans call for those players surviving Day 1A and Day 1B to play on Tuesday, Day 2A-B; while those that survived Day 1C will return for their second day, Day 2C to play on Wednesday.
As predicted, today's final Day 1 flight was huge. The 3768 players that bought a $10,000 seat for Day 1C filled every available seat in the Rio's Convention area and officials had to use overflow tables set up close to the main casino outside Buzio's Restaurant.
World Series of Poker officials have released numbers for the main event late this evening after the entry period closed. The number of players in the 2014 Main Event totaled 6,683 with a breakdown as follows: Day1A—771, Day1B—2144 and Day 1C—3768. The 2014 Main Event surpasses the 2013 Main Event by 331 players. 2014 is the fifth largest WSOP Main Event in the history of the event.
This year's prize pool is a staggering $62,820,200. The winner will receive $10,000,000. Seven of the November Nine at the final table will receive more than a million in prize money. Each of the final nine will leave for the 4 month break with ninth place money amounting to $730,725. The top 693 finishers will receive at least $18,406 in prize money.
WSOP record holder with 13 bracelets, Phil Hellmuth, strolled into the big poker show about 8:30 to begin his quest for bracelet #14. In his usual fashion he showed later than previous years and without the fanfare and dramatics of years past. Unfortunately, that's a part of this event many of us wait to see. By Day 1C quitting time Hellmuth had already doubled his 30K starting stack.
Among the notables at today's session whom finished with considerably more than they started with was NBA star, Paul Pierce bagging almost 60K in play money. Listed second on the chip leader board is Phil Ivey with 187,025. Other well known pros returning for Day 2 includes Marcel Luske, Daniel Negreanu, Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, Joseph Hachem, and Barry Greenstein.
Tuesday's Day 2 will combine those players from Day 1 flights A and B. The cards will be in the air at high noon.