Paul Pierce, Ray Romano Highlight Huge Field for Main Event Day 1c

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce

The 2011 WSOP rebounded in a big way on Saturday with a massive Day 1c that saw 2,181 players take to the felt.

After two discouraging starting days, organizers and media were surprised by the sheer size of the field that was packed into both the Amazon Room and Pavilion Room.

The number is still down from the 2,314 players that played last year’s Day 1c, but suddenly there are 4,056 players who have bought into the 2011 Main Event.

Reaching 6,000 is already a lock according to WSOP organizers who say more than 2,000 players have already registered for tomorrow.

Depending on what happens tomorrow there is even a slim chance the 2011 Main Event will crack 7,000 players.

Pros Out in Force

Of course there were a ton of pros in the field today.

Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier, Robert Mizrachi, Gavin Griffin, David Benyamine, Dennis Phillips, Chad Brown, Allen Bari, Neil Channing, Victoria Coren, Phil Gordon, Andy Bloch, Dan “jungleman” Cates, Chris Moneymaker, Chris Moorman and Lauren Kling all made appearances.

Hellmuth made a very understated, by his standards, entrance to the WSOP this year. Hellmuth simply walked into the Rio dressed in a suit and recorded a couple of promotional videos for ESPN.

No girls dancing, no race car suit and no MMA entourage for the Poker Brat this year.

Celebs Arrive

There were also a number of celebrities in the field today with poker/comedy duo Ray Romano and Brad Garrett making their traditional appearance in the Main Event.

This year Garrett will have bragging rights over his former Everybody Loves Raymond co-star as Romano busted midway through the day.

They weren’t the only celebs on hand, however, as former Sopranos actor Robert Iler (interview here), basketball star Paul Pierce, Australian cricket legend Shane Warne and former Olympic boxer Audley Harrison all took a seat in the tournament.

Big Stacks Developing

By the time all five levels had been completed only 1,360 of the original 2,181 entrants were still standing.

There are several pros with big stacks including Shannon Shorr, Chris Moore, Mike Sowers, Matt Waxman, Dan Shak, Mark Newhouse and Paul Pierce.

The unofficial top 10 chip leaders are littered with unknown players but do include noted pro Adam Junglen and former PokerListings strategy writer Dan Skolovy.

Kevin Song looks to be the chip leader with 163,325.

All the surviving players from Day 1c will meet up with the players who lived through Day 1a on Monday to form Day 2a.

Tomorrow is Day 1d, the last of the starting days at the 2011 WSOP Main Event and it has the potential to be absolutely massive. It all begins at noon tomorrow.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas check PokerListings' Live Updates brought to you by PartyPoker.

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