705 players in the US along with the 674 on GGPoker have led to the smallest Main Event field of the post-boom era.
Last night 705 players in Nevada and New Jersey embarked on WSOP.com to play the most unusual $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event played on US soil.
Unlike the GGPoker leg last week, there was only one Day 1 for this tournament. The feeling was perhaps that this was going to be a much smaller affair than the ‘International’ leg of the online/live hybrid tournament. That was not the case, however, as the GGPoker leg only attracted a combined 674 runners.
In hindsight the reason for that is obvious. Players already in Nevada are clearly going to be more bullish about heading to the Rio for the final table compared to International players having to find their way to Rozvadov from all corners of the world during a pandemic and global lockdowns.
All of which has meant that the combined field of 1,379 players is the lowest Main Event field of the post-boom era. More than the 839 in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker lit the fuse, but less than 2004 when 2,576 players tried to replicate what he did.
The US leg created a prize pool of $6,768,000 and pretty much the same payouts as the previous leg, with two millionaires guaranteed:
71 players remain in the event and they have all made the money. Among the notable survivors we have Galen Hall, Mohsin Charania, Jason Somerville, Darren Elias, Nick Schulman, Ryan Laplante, Maria Ho and Ryan Riess.
They will play down to a final table tonight which will take place on December 28 at the Rio. Then tomorrow we will have the live finale of the International leg at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. The winners of each event will then play heads-up on December 30 for $1 million added and the Main Event title.
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