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Registration for the 2018 WSOP Main Event is officially closed. After the third opening flight of action, the official total is 7,874 players. That marked the second-largest in WSOP history. First place will win $8.8 million and everyone at the final table will win at least $1 million. The total prize pool is $74 million. Currently, only 5,940 players are alive in the Main Event out of 7,874 runners.

On the Fourth of July, the World Series of Poker achieved a historic moment. The $10,000 buy-in Main Event, the marquee event in all of tournament poker, attracted 7,874 players on the same day America celebrated its birthday. That final total for the 2018 WSOP Main Event marked the second-largest Main Event Championship in history. Only the 2006 Main Event, won by Jamie Gold at the height of the online poker boom, boasted more than 8K runners with a ginormous field of 8,773.

2018 WSOP Main Event Day 1C also set a record for biggest single-day crowd with 4,571.

Last year's champion, Scott Blumstein, busted on Day 1A. Several former champions are still alive including Scotty Nguyen Johnny Chan, Joe Cada, Phil Hellmuth, Joe Hachem, Jonathan Duhamel, and Joe McKeehen.

Timothy Lau bagged up the Day 1A lead with 338K. France's Smain Mamouni bagged up 311K, good enough for the lead during the second flight on Day 1B. France had another front runner at the end of Day 1C. Samuel Touil sat atop the big stack at the end of the third flight with 352K. Touil is the overall chip leader. Ah, will he suffer the dreaded curse of the Day 1 lead? Or will this be the year that the curse is finally exterminated?

Event #64 $10,000 Main Event Championship - Day 1 Results

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The first day of action is complete for the $10,000 buy-in Main Event. The Main Event is divided into three starting flights. Monday was Day 1A, or the least popular with 925 runners. Tuesday saw a sizable uptick on Day 1B with 2,378 entrants. Meanwhile, everyone waited until the holiday to play poker. For Day 1C, a total of 4,571 runners showed up to the Rio with $10K. Nothing says Happy Birthday, America better than saying "Deal me in!"

Day 1A only saw 659 out of 925 advanced to Day 2. Day 1B saw only 1,801 of 2,378 bag up chips at the end of the night. And on Day 1C, a total of 3,480 players survived the cut and moved onto Day 2.

At the start of Day 2, only 5,940 players are still alive out of 7,874.

At the end of Day 1A, Timothy Lau bagged up the lead with 338K. At the end of Day 1B, France's Smain Mamouni bagged up 311K. At the end of Day 1C, France was out in front again when Sam Touil bagged the big stack with 352K. Touil also held the overall lead.

Phil Hellmuth showed up on Day 1C dressed up as a superhero character. Hellmuth was the lightning rod for hysterics on social media. Lots of fans and pros gave Hellmuth a hard time for his over-the-top entrance. But hey... it's Hellmuth. It's what he does. Whether it was Caesar, or a race car driver, or a super hero... whatever floats his boat.

The top 1,182 places pay out this year. Everyone at the final table will walk away with a seven-figure score. Ninth place pays out a cool million. Second place will earn $5 million as the runner up. All the cheesecake is set aside for the champion. $8.8 million worth.

Last year's champ Scott Blumstein busted on Day 1A. He said it was way harder and tons more pressure than playing at the Main Event final table last July. With Blumstein's elimination, we will not have a back-to-back champ. A new winner will definitely get crowned in two weeks.

Chris Moneymaker busted on Day 1C. Other champs who never made it... Greg Raymer and Jamie Gold.

Former champs still alive include Johnny Chan, Joe McKeehen, Phil Hellmuth, Joe Cada, Martin Jacobson, Dan Harrington, Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Jonathan Duhamel,Robert Varkonyi, and Jesus Ferguson.

Familiar faces who survived the cut on Day 1A included... Zac Smiley, Nick Wright, Scotty Nguyen, Maria Konnokova, Bruno Fitoussi, Ray Wu, Kalidou Sow, Gaelle Baumann, Romain Lewis, Dan O'Brien, Brian Yoon, Jake Schindler, Bart Lybaert, Tom Marchese, Brock Parker, Justin Bonomo, Billy Baxter, Ema Zajmovic, Owen Crowe, Lacey Jones, Barry Hutter, Ray Rmano, Staceu Sullivan, Sam Soverel, Joe Hachem, Juha Helppi, Bakes, Jean Montury, Cary Katz, Jameson Painter, Alec Torelli, Per Hildebrand, Josh Arieh, Porter Lambert, Paul Wasicka, Jack King, Gavin Griffin, and Andre Akkari.

Notables who made the cut on Day 1B included... Alex Foxen, Alexis FLuer, Scott Davies, Kelly Minkin, Paul Sexotn, Ray Henson, Lee Markholt, Johnny Chan, Pierre Neuville, Dan Fleyshman, Darryll Fish, Jason Strasser, Melanie Weisner, Jesus, Jean-Pascal Savard, Mustapha Kanit, Chris Bjorin, Jessica Cullen, George Danzer, Steve Sobel, Michel Abecassis, Will the Thrill, DJ MacKinnon, Cal Anderson, Terrence Chan, Adam Levy, Oleg Titov, Scott Clements, Ryan Riess, Marco Johnson, Jeff Banghart, Ben Yu, Phil Galfond, Jason Mercier, Max Pescatori, Eli Elreza, Barry Shulman, Chip Jett, Walter Treccarichi, Andrew Borokos, Lucky Chewey, Pierre Calamusa, FBT Mueller, Brian Hastings, Martin Rettenmaier, Jeff Madsen, Happy Shulman, Ben Zamani, Jason Gooch, Porter Lambert, Samantha Cohen, Shane Buchwald, Mike Sexton, Vitaly Lunkin, Bakes, Park Yu Cheung, and Shane Schleger.

Notables who survived on Day 1C included Phil Ivey, Loni Harwood, Keith Lehr, Jen Shahade, Kevin Eyster, Johannes Becker, Antoine Labat Steve Song, Tyler Patterson, Sam Abernathy, Gregg Merkow, Shawn Buchanan, Chino Rhem, Johnny Bax, Robert Varkonyi, Jessica Dawley, Cyndy Violette, Jim Collopy, Steve Gross, Steffen Sontheimer, Ronnie Bardah, Federico Butteroni, Arnold Spee, Nick Maimone, Randy Holland, Chou Chou, Jason Wheeler, Taylor Black, Erik Cajelais, Davidi Kitai, Thiago Nishijima, Dan Heimiller, Kido Pham, Maria Lamoropulos, Kristy Arnett, Kelly Kim, Elky, Will Kassouf, David Einhorn, Ami Barer, Matt Salsberg, David Plastik, Dietrich Fast, Erick Lindgren, Todd Brunson, Barbar Enright Eric Mizrachi, Tom Middleton, Mike Wattel, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Andrew Neeme, Cate Hall, and Tex Barch.

2018 WSOP - Event #64 $10,000 Main Event Championship

Entrants: 7,874

Prize Pool: $74,015,600

Payouts: 1,182

 

Final Table Payouts:

1. $8,800,000

2. $5,000,000

3. $3,750,000

4. $2,825,000

5. $2,150,000

6. $1,800,000

7. $1,500,000

8. $1,250,000

9. $1,000,000

Main Event Eliminations

So who's dunzo? Who dusted off $10K? Here's the obituary list.

Familiar faces who busted on Day 1A included... Brian Rast, Felipe Ramos, Connor Beresford, Dan Shak, Matt Glantz, Guillaume Diaz, Olivier Busquet, Leo Margets, Dan Strelitz, Steve Van Zadelhoff, Ryan Yu, Chance Kornuth, Stevie Chidwick, Julien Martini, Ryan Fair and Jon Little.

The notables who were picked off on Day 1B were... Greg Raymer, Kenny Hallaert, Doug Polk, Chris Meyers, Jamie Hold, Paul Tedeschi, Jason Somerville, Jesper Hougaard, Jon Turner, Esther Taylor, The Grinder, Steve Karp, Bryn Kenney, Ray Henson, Jason Kim, Pete Carini, Sam Greenwood, Michael Gathy, Mike Dentale, Stefan Jedlicka, Rep Porter, ODB, Steve Z, Robert Mizrachi, Paul Volpe, Jeff Lisandro, Bick Petrangleo, Johan Schumacher, Sam Cohen, and Martin Staszko.

Notables who were eliminated on Day 1C included... Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, John Racener, Chris Vitch, Marcel Luske, Jay Kwon, Jimmy Guerrero, Matt Affleck, Josh Beckley, Ari Engel, Talal Shakerchi, Ayaz Mahmood, Eddy Sabat, Sam Chartier, Galen Hall, Ryan Hughes, Matt Staout, Men the Master, Mike Noori, and Sorel Mizzi.

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