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World Series of Poker Main Event -- Day 1D Recap

The 2011 Main Event is the Third Largest Poker Tournament of All Time -- The Winner will take Home $8.7 Million!

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The 2011 Main Event is the Third Largest Live Poker Tournament in HistoryDay 1D at the 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event attracted the largest number of players of the four first-flight days offered with 2,809 runners. That ensured a total number of entrants of 6,865. This created a prize pool of more than $64,531,000, with the winner walking away with $8,711,956 for first place.

Here is a look at the payout structure for the 2011 main event:

1st: $8,711,956
2nd: $5,430,928
3rd: $4,019,635
4th: $3,011,661
5th: $2,268,909
6th: $1,720,396
7th: $1,313,851
8th: $1,009,910
9th: $782,115
10th-12th: $607,882
13th-15th: $478,174
16th-18th: $378,796
19th-27th: $302,005
28th-36th: $242,636
37th-45th: $196,174
46th-54th: $160,036
55th-63rd: $130,997
64th-72nd: $108,412
73rd-81st: $90,343
82nd-90th: $76,146
91st-99th: $64,531
100th-162nd: $54,851
163rd-225th: $47,107
226th-288th: $40,654
289th-351st: $35,492
352nd-414th: $30,974
415th-477th: $27,103
478th-549th: $23,876
550th-621st: $21,295
622nd-693rd: $19,359

Six hundred and ninety-three players will make the money in the event, with the minimum payout being $19,359. You have to finish 72nd or better to cash for six figures. Despite this summer’s turnout marking a 454 player drop-off from last year, the 2011 main event is still the third largest of all-time.

Largest Main Event Fields of All-Time:

2006: 8,773
2010: 7,319
2011: 6,865
2008: 6,844
2009: 6,494
2007: 6,358

Although the main story today may have had more to do with the sum of the parts of all of the day-one flights there were a lot of big names in action on the felt who were starting their drive for a piece of the $64.5 million prize pool. Standing at the top of the pack at end of the night is Mory Little with 179,450. Other notables near the top include Anthony Lellouche (155,200) and Shawn Cunix (144,400).

Day 1D Top Chip Counts:

Mory Little: 179,450
Ben Mintz: 176,875
Roj Vohra: 167,450
Anthony Miller: 166,000
Dax Mellon: 161,325

Notable Day 1D Eliminations:

Tom Dwan, Bertrand Grospellier, John Juanda, David Plastik, Steve Sung, Tommy Vedes, Ivan Demidov, Alex Kravchenko, Alexander Kostritsyn, Frank Kassela, Justin Young, Steve Zolotow, Abe Mosseir, James Mackey, Tony Cousineau, Antonio Esfandiari, David Williams, Adam Schoenfeld, Michael Binger, Jennifer Tilly, Cyndy Violette, Nelly, and 2010 Card Player Player of the Year Thomas Marchese, who received his main event buy-in as a prize from Card Player for winning the award.

There are now 4,541 players who have advanced to their prospective day 2 on Monday and Tuesday from the original 6,865. You can catch the action from Day 2A when cards get into the air at noon as Card Player continues to bring you live reports from the Rio.