WSOP 2011: So, who fancies $8.7 million?

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngImagine for a moment what $8.7 million looks like. Pretty difficult, isn't it? And what would you spend it on? I mean, the interest alone would keep most free-spenders happy. What's more, where would you put it? In a bank? Property investment? Under a very big bed? Question, questions, but only one person here in Las Vegas this week will need to worry about finding the answers when the World Series of Poker Main Event final table plays out in November.

The huge first-place prize was confirmed tonight following a big turnout for yesterday's Day 1C and an eye-popping field of 2,809 for today's Day 1D. The grumps who feared the low fields on the preceding two flights meant the WSOP had had its day have been well and truly put in their place.

Men in suits with pockets for very large calculators have been working on the figures for the past few hours. The total field for this year's event is now set at 6,865, the third biggest in history, and confirmation that poker is alive and kicking.

Those entries generated a prize pool of $64,531,000, with 693 players due to get paid. Just finishing in 693rd will get you $19,359.

If you'd really like to know what a great big pile of cash looks like, here's Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener playing heads-up for last year's first prize of $8.94 million...

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The full prize information is as follows:
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

Now that the players are settling back in their seats after the dinner break, it's time to build a stack and take a shot at some serious, and I mean really serious, money.

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TWEET OF THE HOUR
Noah Boeken: "Dinner break doin great but not done yet! 85.000"

TWITTER HASHTAG OF THE HOUR
#videogamestakemorephysicalexertionthanpoker--Jason Mercier, who has been playing Mario Brothers 3 all day while he waits to come back for Day 2

COMPLAINT OF THE HOUR
Barry Greenstein: "What percentage of poker players have indoor plumbing? Apparently not many, since every time I use a bathroom stall the guy before me has peed on the seat."

OBSCURE PREDICTION OF THE HOUR
Projected November Nine if all finalists are named after places:
Nicolas Babel
Zachary Florida
Matthew Ireland
Edward Jordan
Nachman Berlin
Valentin Messina
Felipe Montenegro
Tomothy Salvador
Adriano Santa Ana
Anselmo Villarreal