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Insane Numbers Rock 2011 Main Event Day 1d
After an absolutely massive Day 1d it’s hard to picture the 2011 WSOP being remembered as anything less than a resounding success.
A total of 2,802 players jammed their way into the Rio, decisively answering many of the questions poker fans had about attendance at this year’s Main Event.
With all four starting days complete there is a total of 6,865 players signed up for the Main Event, making it the third biggest in WSOP history.
The overall prize pool tips the scales at a staggering $64 million with $8.7 million set aside for the eventual winner.
For the time being, it appears the WSOP is bulletproof.
Over the past five years it has survived the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006, accidentally shutting out hundreds of players in 2009, and finally online poker’s so-called Black Friday earlier this year.
Every year the overall WSOP has continued to grow and this year over 75,000 players took part in the 58-event series.
Massive Field Littered With Pros
Among the nearly 3,000 entrants today were literally hundreds of professional poker players.
Big names included Jonathan Little, John Juanda, Huck Seed, Phil Galfond, Noah Boeken, JJ Liu, Lars Bonding, Kathy Liebert, Rayan Nathan, Dwyte Pilgrim, Bertrand Grospellier, Randal Flowers, Vanessa Rousso, Liv Boeree, Jennifer Harman, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Darvin Moon, Jamie Gold and more.
On the celebrity side there was rapper Nelly, New York Times blogger and statistician Nate Silver as well as actresses Jennifer Tilly and Shannon Elizabeth.
Durrrr Heads Bust List
At the end of five levels approximately 65-70% of the field had been eliminated.
Some of the notable bustouts included Joe Hachem, Huck Seed, Frank Kassela, Ivan Demidov, David Williams, Alexander Kravchenko and William Reynolds.
The Tom Dwan experience also came to an end at the 2011 WSOP as he busted midway through the day.
Dwan has had some near misses over the last two years at the WSOP but he remains painfully bracelet-free.
Not everyone failed on Day 1d, however, as Shawn Cunix, Alexandre Gomes, Lars Bonding, Jamie Gold, Noah Boeken, Vanessa Rousso, Taylor Caby and JC Tran all built respectable stacks and will see another day at the 2011 WSOP.
Maynard Little looks to be the Day 1d chip leader with a not-so-little stack of 179,450 chips.
Action continues at noon tomorrow with the surviving players from Day 1a and Day 1c forming Day 2a.