The second-inaugural WSOP.com online bracelet event was another success. This year's field attracted 1,247 runners. Clayton Maguire took down his first bracelet with a victory in Event #66 $1,000 NL WSOP.com ONLINE. The online grinder used to live in Colorado but he migrated to Vegas to play cash games in the wake of Black Friday.
Meanwhile, the WSOP Main Event was official closed last night after the third starting flight of Day 1C. The third flight was expected to have the most number of players and the numbers surpassed expectations with 4,240 runners. Phil Ivey was among the biggest names who went to battle on Monday. The overall Main Event numbers are 6,737 entrants and $63.3M prize pool. There are approximately 5,500 players who advanced to Day 2. They are vying for a first-place prize worth $8M.
Event #66 $1,000 NL WSOP.com ONLINE - Final Results
"It was fun to play in a big online tournament," said Maguire in his post-win interview. "I used to play a lot online before Black Friday. I don't get to play this high very often anymore."
Maguire won $210K for the victory. He picked off bracelet winner Simeon Naydenov from Bulgaria in second place.
Thiago Nishijima from Brazil finished in ninth place. Billy Baxter...yes that Billy Baxter... went deep but busted in 15th place.
2016 WSOP - Event #66 $1,000 NL WSOP.com ONLINE
Prize Pool: $1,184,650
Event #66 WSOP.com ONLINE - Final Table Payouts:
1. Clayton Maguire (USA) $210,279
2. Simeon Naydenov (Bulgaria) $150,569
3. Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault (Canada) $110,172
4. Spencer Taylor (USA) $82,926
5. Richard Tuhrim (USA) $59,233
6. Park-Yu Cheung (Hong Kong) $46,201
Event #68 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT Championship - Day 2A/2B
The Main Event numbers are in! A total of 6,737 players bought into the big one, which is an uptick from last year. Paying out 15% of the field (or 1,011 players) might have attracted a lot more amateurs, who might have sat it out. A min-cash is worth $15,000. This year's prize pool is $63.3M and the champion will get a cool $8,000,000.
As the action heads into Day 2A/2B, approximately 5,500 players are still alive.
The third and final flight of the Main Event drew in over 4,240 players. Going into Day 1C, approximately 2,500 players were in the mix, but the gigantic field on Day 1C pushed the overall number over 6,737.
- 2016 WSOP Main Event
- Day 1A: 764 runners
- Day 1B: 1,733 runners
- Day 1C: 4,240 runners
The biggest news on Day 1C was the return of Phil Ivey. He played in his first event of the summer, much to the delight of fans and poker media with a rock-solid hard-on for anything Ivey. They really couldn't contain themselves.
Tim Sheehan bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 1C. He's the chip leader going into Day 2s. Ah, the dreaded curse of the Main Event chip leader! Can Sheehen buck tradition and go on a deep run, or will the pack swallow him up?
2016 WSOP Main Event
Top 5 WSOP Main Event Chip Counts:
1. Timothy Sheehan (USA) 394,100
2. Adam Krach (USA) 293,800
3. Sergi Reixach (UK) 265,400
4. Benjamin Vinson (UK) 256,700
5. Francois Safieddine (USA) 224,300
France's Alexandre Reard is 20th overall and Mesbah Guerfi is 35th overall. Benyamine is among the Top 50.
A handful of former Main Event champions are still alive including defending champ Joe McKeehen, Joe Cada, Scotty Nguyen, Phil Hellmuth, Ryan Reiss, Martin Jacobson, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Merson and Joe Hachem.
Notables who survived the cut on Day 1C included... Phil Ivey, Fedor Holz, November Niner Joseph Cheong, Todd Brunson, John Juanda, and Daniel Negreanu.
Day 2A/2B resumes on Tuesday at the Rio Casino. Day 2C resumes on Wednesday. The Day 2 flights will combined into a single unified field on Thursday for Day 3.