The WSOP was more than pleased with the turnout of 6,352 in the main event this year despite it being down slightly from 2012's 6,598. Day 1C became the largest starting flight in main event history at 3,467 players, and satellites ran up to the very last moment to accomplish that feat. While casual observers of the game might look down on the final result, when you think about the lack of any online satellites, the change in value of the euro and the adjustment of demographic as I mentioned earlier, being down just a few percent is probably a win given the state of the industry. WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said he remains determined to figure out new avenues to grow participation in the game over the next year and that the circuit is a place they're going to take a good look at to accomplish their goals.
“The WSOP is honored to be the home of poker for all who love the game,” Stewart said in a news release. “The strength of poker continues to defy the naysayers and with WSOP.com launching in Nevada and New Jersey before we convene again, we plan to harness this momentum for an even bigger event next year.”
Even after six levels of competition, the Day 1C footprint remains huge across the Rio. The 6 p.m. Deepstack event did begin, but tables were being called in one at a time to start off the action, as the space they typically use for this initiative was being used for the main event. Tables have started to break in the Pavilion as Amazon and Brasilia continue as-is.
It was easy to focus on Greg Merson and Doyle Brunson over the past two days, as their presence dominated the discussion around the Amazon Room. Monday is altogether different, as no matter where you look in the different rooms, the star power is strong. Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael Mizrachi and Sammy Farha have attracted the rails, as have the many former main event winners. Joseph Hachem, Johnny Chan, Robert Varkonyi, Carlos Mortensen, Jamie Gold, Tom McEvoy, a late-arriving Phil Hellmuth and Jerry Yang are sitting comfortably as they head to the dinner break, but Huckleberry Seed and Jonathan Duhamel couldn't get into a groove and were eliminated during Levels 2 and 3, respectively. Phil Laak, 2013 double-bracelet winner Tom Schneider, both David Bakers, $10,000 pot-limit Omaha champ Daniel Alaei, Tom Marchese and two-time bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk also have been eliminated.
Players are now on their 90-minute dinner break. When they return, they'll have four more hours of play this evening.
Here's a look at the payout structure:
Small blinds: After his elimination, the woman sitting next to Duhamel, not the player who knocked him out, asked for a photo. Duhamel obliged. ... All American Dave is a growing trend among pros in the industry. The meals are delivered to players at the table via orders from Twitter or text. ... Daniel Negreanu preaches focus at the table, but in between hands, all bets are off. The WSOP APAC main event champion spent a significant amount of time between hands during the last level chatting it up and taking pictures with fans on the rail. ... Poker Royalty is updating the social networks for its players to keep the fans engaged. It might be standard in other places, but not here. Smart move. ... Nate Silver, predictor of just about everything and avid poker player, is in action today. ... Former main event champions Tom McEvoy and Jamie Gold are sitting together. ... Michael Mizrachi was the first player over 100,000 in chips today. ... Women made up 4.7 percent of the main event field this year. That number is up from 3.2 percent last year. ... The oldest player in the main event is 92-year-old William Wachter. ... FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique entered the main event. ... The total main event prize pool is $59,788,800. ... Howard “Tahoe” Andrew played in his 40th consecutive World Series of Poker this year.