WSOP 2011: Just some poker tournament

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngOn any given day here at the World Series of Poker, the 2pm deep-stack events that cost just a couple hundred dollars to play draw hundreds of people to the field. There is no bracelet awarded at the end. The few final tables players routinely chop up the cash. It's a way for grinders to grind and tournament players who've run short of cash to rebuild their roll. If those tournaments were to happen today, they would pull in more people than remain in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

Three hundred seventy-eight people are going to sit down in just a fews minutes. On any other day, in any other place in the world, it would look just like any other poker tournament. The size of the field will look a lot like those daily events. The money at stake will not. This is not just some poker tournament. This is Day 5 of the World Series of Poker.

Here are the important details to watch today:

  • 378 players remain in the Main Event. Of those, 230 are Americans (60%). The top countries of the remaining field are Canada (42); UK (20); Germany (16) & Russia (11)

  • At the end of the day, somewhere around 150 players will remain.

  • ESPN2 starts its live @WSOP coverage at 12:30 pm PT and will stay on air until 7 PM PT.
  • Continuing in PokerStars tradition of running deep at the WSOP are a host of Team PokerStars Pros and Main Even Passport winners. These are the people who remain in the field under the flag of the big red spade.

  • JP Kelly (Team PokerStars Pro)1,332,000
  • Sebastian Ruthenberg (Team PokerStars Pro)1,162,000
  • Philipp Gruissem(Main Event Passport winner) 1,009,000
  • Per Linde (Main Event Passport winner)1,000,000
  • Andrew Brokos (Team PokerStars Online) 755,400
  • Julian Stuer (Main Event Passport winner) 668,000
  • Daniel Negreanu (Team PokerStars Pro) 619,000
  • Tony Hachem (Team PokerStars Pro) 610,000
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    Daniel Negreanu Day 5

    See that guy up there? He may not have the biggest chip stack in the tournament, but he's the one everyone will be watching today. Literally. He drew Jean Robert Bellande's table, which made them the easy choice for ESPN's featured table. Tune in for what might be the most entertaining poker table on TV in a long time.

    The cards are in the air. Stay tuned until 11pm local time tonight to see how many of PokerStars horses are still running.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker