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Record Number for WSOP Main Event Starting Flight Expected

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Jul/07/2014
Record Number for WSOP Main Event Starting Flight Expected

Day 1a of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event drew a modest 771 players while Day 1b resulted in an impressive 2,144 entrants.

Day 1c is always the biggest draw with WSOP officials already anticipating over 3,467 players, which is likely to shatter last year's record.

From WSOP.com:

Yes, Day 1C is going to be massive, but Day 1B certainly produced its fair share of storylines thanks to a number of big name celebrities from outside the world of poker like Ray Romano, Kevin Pollak, director Nick Cassavetes, European soccer star John Arne Riise and NASCAR driver Jason White. Of that group, the top performing player was White, who bagged up 54,625 chips.

While Romano wasn’t the biggest stacked celeb, he was the only Romano to survive Day 1. His son Matt Romano, who was playing his first Main Event failed to make it to Day 2.  Ray finished the day with 15,150.

There were some big name poker celebs in action too, including another Main Event Champ double feature on the ESPN stage, as the ’95 champ Dan Harrington and ’96 winner Huckleberry Seed spent the day seated side by side. Both players survived the day with Harrington edging out Seed in chips with 35,200 and 22,750 respectively. Seven previous Main Event champs have played either Day 1A or 1B. They have all survived so far and will be moving on to Day 2.

Gambling911.com reported Sunday night that legendary player Doyle Brunson had played his last World Series of Poker Main Event and will not be participating in this year’s event due to the “grueling hours”.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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