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Superb Turnout For 2nd Largest ME in WSOP History
History has shown the 4th day of the Main Event provides the biggest field and Day 1d of the 2010 World Series of Poker didn't disappoint.
An impressive 2,391 players turned up to to add to the already swelling numbers from the first three days. 7,319 was the final tally of players at this year's Main Event, ranking it as the second biggest WSOP of all time - just behind the 2006 Main Event.
This year's winner will take home $8.9 million of the $68 million prize pool and an assortment of pros, amateurs and celebrities turned up to take their shot at glory today.
Naturally, many saw their dreams fall by the wayside. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler already has eight cashes at this year's series but won't be adding a ninth after falling during the day. Also out are Brian Townsend, Sorel Mizzi, John Juanda, Joe Hachem, Justin Smith and Phil Gordon as the ruthless nature of the biggest No-Limit Hold'em tournament on earth took its toll.
It was a different story for David Benyamine, Vanessa Rousso, Josh Arieh and PokerListings blogger Jason Mercier, who all experienced better fortune, breaching six figures by the close of play.
However Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis outdid them all, topping the chip counts by the time they were bagged and tagged with a gargantuan stack of 187k - good for third place in the amalgamated chip counts from all four days.
Day 2a will see 2,412 players return from day 1a and 1c to do battle across the felt and will begin at 12 noon Friday.
It's early days for the World Series Main Event but already the huge prizepool and fierce competition is making for an engaging spectacle and we expect the pattern to continue when they resume tomorrow.
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