Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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The opening flights of the 2017 WSOP Main Event are complete. The numbers are in and it's gonna be a juicy payout this year. A total of 7,221 players bought into the $10,000 Main Event Championship. That number marked the third-highest field in history. The total prize pool is $67,877,400 with $8,150,000 set aside to the next champ. Only 2,219 players survived the cut at the end of Day 1, which was split up into three flights.

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Daniel Negreanu poses with fans during the WSOP Main Event. (Pic courtesy of Winamax)

How about that! This year's Main Event drew an impressive amount of participants this year. In total... 7,221 dreamers, pros, and poker lovers took a shot at the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event Championship. Only the 2006 and 2010 Main Events had better numbers.

Day 1C's flight on Monday was a massive 4,262 runners. Day 1A on Saturday had the fewest with 795. Day 1B on Sunday included 2,164 runners.

The first three flights of Event #73 are complete and only 2,219 players are still left in the hunt for the most prestigious prize in all of poker... the WSOP Main Event bracelet. Oh, and $8.1 million in cash too.

The prize pool is $67.8M, which meant that the WSOP suits raked in over $4.3M in juice. Holy shitballs, Batman! That's a redonkulous amount of juice. Only the top 2 money winners will get paid out more than the juice. As per usual, the big winner at the WSOP? The WSOP... obv.

First place pays out over $8.1 million. Second place pays out $4.7M. Everyone at the final table will get at least $1 million. The top 1,084 places get paid out. Everyone else goes home with a food comp and plenty of bodacious memories.

The 2,219 remaining players will slug it out during two flights of Day 2. The remaining field will consolidate on Day 4.

Morten Mortensen from Denmark gets the curse of the Day 1 chipleader. Can he keep adding to his monster stack? Or will the pack swallow him whole?

Argentina's Richard Dubini is the only other player who bagged up at least 250K.

The race is on. The bling and the pyramid of cash beckons thee.

Event #73 $10,000 Main Event Championship - Day 1 Results

Down to 2,219. Denmark's Morten Mortensen is the leader. The second day is split into two flights. Everyone from Day 1A and Day 1B will play together on Day 2AB, while everyone who made the cut from Day 1C gets to play in their own Day 2C. The remaining players from Day 2s will combine for Day 3 on Thursday.

Other notable big stacks who will be playing on Day 2A/2B included… Sam Grafton, Jon Little, Serge Chechin, Brandon Adams, Naoya Kihara, Tex Barch, Kenny Hallaert, Fabrice Soulier, Justin Young, Michal Tureniec, Hasan Habib, Barny Boatman, Matt Glantz, Barry Greenstein, Many Baker, Grayson Rampage, Alln Le, Scott Seiver, Faraz Jaka, Matt Salberg, Maxim Lykov, Andy Frenkenberger, Aaron Been, Cal Anderson, Pat Mahoney, Sam Chartier, Ki Lee, Barry Shulman, Layne Flack, Antoine Saout, Stephen Ladowsky, Jared Hamby, Chip Jett, Terrence Chan, Mike Matusow, Greg Raymer, Gaelle Baumann, Lyle Berman, Hoyt Corkins, Michel Abecassis, Juha Helppi, Arnaud Mattern, Phil Laak, Ben Lamb, Paul Magriel, Cary Katz, Kevin Noblat, Peter Eichhardt, Christian Harder, Melanie Weisner, Lee Watkinson, Blair Rodman, and Mo Retter.

Other notables returning to action on Day 2C included... Adam Levy, Natasha Mercier, Andre Akkari, Remi Castaignon, Scotty Nguyen, Di Zhang, Ben Strumpf, Wook Kim, Jason Koon, Ryan Hughes, Joey Weissman, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Dylan Linde, Jeff Hakin, Josh Preger, Paul Wasicka, Tom Cannuli, Gavin Smith, Brian Rast, Thiago Nishijima, Johnny Chan, Ashton Griffin, Louise Francoeur, DID NOT REPORT, Kyle Bowker, Max Greenwood, Grant Hinkle, JJ Lui, Robert Mizrachi, Talal Shakerchi, Ian Johns, Bernard Lee, JC Alvarado, Rainer Kempe, Garry Gates, Kitty Kuo, Cate Hall, Dario Minieri, Matt Affleck, Kathy Liebert, Chris Klodnicki, Tuan Le, Shawn Buchanan, Alex Rocha, Benjamin Pollak, Jose Rosenkrantz, Darryll Fish, Andrew Neeme, ODB Baker, Philip Hui, Max Silver, Mike Leah, Benny Chen, Kristy Arnett, Alex Bolotin, Lauren Kling, Kevin MacPhee, Marcel Luske, Bart Lybaert, Davidi Kitai, and Phil Hellmuth.

2017 WSOP - Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Entrants: 7,221

Prize Pool: $67,877,400

Payouts: 1,084


Final Table Payouts:

1. $8,150,000

2. $4,700,000

3. $3,500,000

4. $2,600,000

5. $2,000,000

6. $1,675,000

7. $1,425,000

8. $1,200,000

9. $1,000,000

WSOP Main Event Numbers

  • 2016: 6,737 - $63,327,800
  • 2015: 6,420 - $60,348,000
  • 2014: 6,683 - $62,820,200
  • 2013: 6,352 - $59,708,800
  • 2012: 6,598 - $62,021,200
  • 2011: 6,865 - $64,531,000
  • 2010: 7,319 - $68,798,600
  • 2009: 6,494 - $61,043,600
  • 2008: 6,844 - $64,333,600
  • 2007: 6,358
  • 2006: 8,773
  • 2005: 5,619
  • 2004: 2,576
  • 2003: 839
  • 2002: 631
  • 2001: 613
  • 2000: 512
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