Now that all starting days of the WSOP 2017 Main Event have been completed, wsop.com has confirmed that this Main Event is the third largest in the history of the series. Over the span of three starting days, the Main Event saw a total of 7,221 individual players take their seats at the tables.
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WSOP 2017 Main Event: Biggest in almost a decade
The number of players at this year’s Main Event is a great indicator for the overall state of poker. The fact that this is the biggest crowed the tournament has seen since 2010 shows that love and interest for the game are still strong, despite many adversities over the years.
The third starting day, Day 1C, actually set the record for the biggest single day attendance in history, bringing 4,262 players together. Naturally, this made WSOP organizers very happy, but many players also shared their delight.
Brandon-Shack Harris was one of those players. In a brief statement for WSOP official blog, Harris emphasized it was great seeing such a huge field in the WSOP 2017 Main Event. Eric Baldwin, another accomplished player, echoed this sentiment as well.
Another massive prize pool
With so many players in the running, this year’s Main Event naturally gathered a huge prize pool which will be divided among the players finishing in the top 1,084 spots. All those making money this year will walk away with some decent profit, as the minimum payout is $15,000.
However, it is the final table that’s on the minds of all still remaining players and fans following the action. Everyone making it to the WSOP 2017 Main Event final table, scheduled to take place in two weeks’ time, will walk away a millionaire.
The winner will take home the lion’s share of the prize pool banking $8.1 million. The runner up will earn $4.7 million for their efforts.
Let the battle begin!
Although the Main Event has been happening for a few days now, the starting days are usually seen as qualifiers of sorts. It is after making it through these initial tribulations that things become to feel real.
After it was all said and done, a total of around 3,300 players made it to the official Day 2. One of the notable names in the top ten chip counts in Natasha Mercier, the wife of the WSOP 2016 Player of the Year Jason Mercier and an excellent player in her own right.
Of course, for all those with chips still in front of them, there is a long and bumpy journey ahead. Just making it through another day alive is a great accomplishment in any Main Event, especially for those players who come to Las Vegas primarily for the experience.
Today will see survivors from the Days 1A and 1B take it to the felt, while tomorrow, Day 1C qualifiers will have their chance to shine. After that, WSOP 2017 Main Event players will meet all in the same room for the first time in the tournament, chasing the most coveted WSOP bracelet in existence.