Industry insiders were all abuzz early with the news that 2,461 players registered to play on Day 1d, making the total number of entrants in the big dance a whopping 6,844.
While still off the record-breaking 2006 Main Event that saw 8,773 runners drop the $10k buy-in, the fact the number is about 500 up on last year's total has most people shelving the game's obituaries for at least one more year. In other words: Poker is still hot.
But the bottom line is that with 6,844 players, a total of 666 will make the money and the $9.1 million first-place prize they're all shooting for will go down as the second-largest in Jerry Yang still have chips and Victor Ramdin, Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen and Aaron Kanter all seem to have a lot of them.
We could say more, but why bother. To find out how it all shakes down make sure you hit us up early and often Tuesday and Wednesday as things begin to heat up in the second-biggest Main Event in the history of the game. It really doesn't get any better than this.