2,391 Players Turn Out For Day 1d of WSOP Main Event

Published on 2010-07-09 05:15:00

-- 2010 WSOP Chips --2,391 players turned out for Day 1d of the World Series of Poker main event on Thursday, helping to create the second largest WSOP main event field of all time (behind the 2006 Main Event).

In total, 7,319 people decided to participate in the 2010 main event, creating a prize pool of nearly $70 million. The eventual winner of the main event will take home nearly $9 million, in addition to the coveted WSOP bracelet.

A familiar name managed to finish above everyone else on Day 1d of the main event.

Steve Billirakis, aka "MrSmokey1", finished Day 1d with a stack of around 187k. Billirakis, in addition to owning a World Series of Poker bracelet (2007 $5k Mixed Hold'em), is also a very accomplished online MTT and cash game player.

Some of the other well-known names who also managed to do well on Thursday included:

Archie Karas - 138k
David Benyamine - 134k
Vanessa Rousso - 111k
Josh Arieh - 104k
Jason Mercier - 95k

Some of the big names who were eliminated on Thursday included:

Joe Hachem
John Juanda
Sorel Mizzi
Brian Townsend


The first four Day 1 flights have now been completed, which means that Day 2A and Day 2B are up next.

There are still thousands of players left in the main event, which means that we are still a few days away from hitting the money (the top 747 spots will pay out this year).

Day 2A will get under way at 12 pm local time on Friday afternoon.


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