2008 WSOP Day 39: Main Event tops 2007

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth made his usual appearance with plenty of flair on Sunday, and managed to survive to see Day 2.

The final Day 1 of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event concluded on Sunday, which means tournament officials were finally able to release the tally of players for this year's $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship.

Day 1d turned out to be the biggest Day 1 of the Main Event this year, drawing in 2,461 players. That brings the total number of players in the 2008 Main Event to 6,844. While that still doesn't meet the record-breaking field of 2006, it's up nearly 500 players from 6,358 in 2007.

The prize pool has also increased accordingly. Those players who made it through their Day 1's are looking at a $64,333,600 prize pool, with the winner earning more than $9 million this year.

There were 1,652 players who survived Day 1d on Sunday, and among them were former World Champions Event 55 live updates to see how the action plays out this year.

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