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World Series of Poker: Jason Mercier Leads Final 55 In $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Official Field Size Is 102, Awarding $1,517,767 To Winner

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Despite a very lengthy registration period, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2014 World Series of Poker attracted a field of just 102 players, amounting to a drop of nearly 33 percent from 2013’s field of 132.

This year’s contest created a total prize pool of $4,896,000, $1,517,767 of which will go to the winner. The final 14 players will make the money, earning at least $99,388. Here is a look at all of the payouts.

Finish Payout
1 $1,517,767
2 $937,975
3 $594,570
4 $402,696
5 $286,122
6 $212,829
7 $165,435
8 $134,101
9-11 $115,101
11-14 $99,388

Although the field of 102 is certainly a disappointment compared to 2013, it does fall in line with some of the past year’s fields. In 2012, only 108 players signed up. In 2009, there were only 95 entrants.

One popular theory for the lack of interest was the fact that the WSOP opted to bring back more $10,000 buy-in events in various mixed game events, giving specialists a lower price point for their best game.

Of course, a smaller field just ensures more familiar faces at the final table and looking at the surviving 55 players, there is no shortage of notables. Leading the way heading into day 3 is the always dangerous Jason Mercier, who bagged up with 802,600. Other poker superstars in the top 10 include Jonathan Duhamel, Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver, Matt Glantz, David Oppenheim and Eli Elezra.

The action continues at 2 p.m. at the Rio, where the players are expected to battle it out for another five, 100-minute levels.

Here is a look at the overnight chip counts.

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Jason Mercier 802,600
2 Jonathan Duhamel 783,000
3 Shaun Deeb 724,400
4 David Steicke 711,100
5 Gary Benson 534,700
6 Scott Seiver 529,700
7 Matt Glantz 522,800
8 David Oppenheim 425,000
9 Roland Israelashvili 404,700
10 Eli Elezra 397,300
11 Frank Kassela 390,200
12 Chris Klodnicki 380,700
13 Dylan Linde 363,600
14 David “ODB” Baker 356,200
15 Elior Sion 351,900
16 John Hennigan 344,800
17 Abe Mosseri 329,400
18 Mike Leah 325,200
19 David Benyamine 306,900
20 Robert Mizrachi 298,400
21 Brian Hastings 296,900
22 Vladimir Schemelev 286,100
23 John Juanda 269,600
24 Allen Kessler 260,700
25 John Monnette 239,400
26 Brock Parker 234,600
27 Melissa Burr 231,200
28 Keith Lehr 220,000
29 Richard Ashby 218,000
30 Stephen Chidwick 215,900
31 Calvin Anderson 215,100
32 Eric Wasserson 213,800
33 Bertrand Grospellier 212,100
34 Jesse Martin 210,100
35 Daniel Alaei 206,000
36 Brian Tate 200,800
37 Brandon Shack-Harris 191,400
38 Lyle Berman 190,400
39 Alex Bilokur 189,200
40 James Obst 181,100
41 Bryce Yockey 177,000
42 Ben Yu 176,000
43 Ola Amundsgard 165,000
44 Phil Ivey 158,000
45 Chun Lei Zhou 152,300
46 Alexandre Luneau 151,000
47 Todd Brunson 138,600
48 Josh Arieh 92,900
49 Scott Clements 90,800
50 Andy Bloch 75,800
51 Marco Johnson 69,400
52 Steve Billirakis 50,700
53 Talal Shakerchi 38,600
54 David Bach 17,400
55 Doyle Brunson 11,000

For more coverage from the 2014 summer series, visit our WSOP landing page.

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