After Day 1, almost two-thirds of the starting field was eliminated. After Day 2, another two-thirds of the remaining players got knocked out and the numbers dwindled to 568 players. On Day 3, yet another two-thirds busted out and the total number of remaining contestants was 185, and, on Day 4, it was played down to 58 players.
Upon completion of Day 5 we were left with 27 players and a number of rivalries. First, we have Greg Raymer vs. Mike Matusow, two players locked in a battle of prestige dating back to last year's Main Event when Matusow insulted Raymer. Greg has said the following about his rival: "Basically, I don't like Mike, and don't yet have any evidence that my opinion is likely to change in the future. He's smart enough and quick-witted enough to be a likable guy, but I'm not sure he cares enough for that to ever be who he will be." Second, we have the USA vs. the World. Approximately half of the remaining field consists of Americans, with the remainder hailing mostly from Europe.
Plenty of big names are left to fight for the title, including Mike Matusow, Phil Ivey, and Greg Raymer.
Listed below is a breakdown of the prize pool for the remaining 27 players:1st $7,500,000