WSOP Main Event Day 1C: Chan Takes Control

Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan heads into day 2 among the chip leaders.

The 2010 WSOP Main Event will go down as the second largest of all time, with only 2006 - the year of Jamie Gold - attracting more players.

The official WSOP count for the day was 2,314, which topped the 1,125 from day 1A and the 1,489 from day 1B.

While the WSOP doesn't have an exact number of players who have pre-registered for the final starting day, staff did go on record and say the total number would top the 6,844 in 2008.

Eight previous Main Event Champions played the day and only five emerged to play another. Joe Cada, Scotty Nguyen, Carlos Mortensen, Johnny Chan and Tom McEvoy are all still competing while Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed and Jerry Yang were sent packing.

There were 540 unfortunate souls who didn't survive the day, while 1,774 will return on Friday for day 2.  

Among the other players who had their WSOP hopes cut short were Tom Dwan, Chad Brown, Shaun Deeb, Jeff Madsen, Dario Minieri, Howard Lederer, Scott Fischman and former Playboy Playmate Shanna Moakler.

On the other end of the spectrum Johnny Chan, David Williams, Lauren Kling, Robert Mizrachi and Hoyt Corkins all have over 100k in chips.

Patrik Antonius played in his first WSOP tournament since the $50k Player's Championship, as the Finn has been sticking mostly to cash games in recent weeks.

Tomorrow will be the final "Day 1" of the 2010 Main Event with the first of two "Day 2s" starting on Friday. Action starts at noon again so be sure to keep it locked here for all of the latest news and live updates.

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