WSOP 2012: Fifth largest WSOP Main Event heads to Day 2

wsop-130x100.pngIt took three days, three flights, and about 39 hours at the Rio, but Day 1 of the 2012 World Series of Poker has finally come to a close.

As we mentioned a bit earlier tonight, entry numbers were a bit lower this year than last (267 players lower, in fact) but the 2012 WSOP Main Event still managed to lock up a spot as the fifth largest in history. In total 6,598 people entered. The Main Event will pay out 666 players (yes, seriously). The winner will pick up more than $8.2 million.

The PokerStars stable still has an entire ranch of horses stil in play. At the top of the pack are superstars Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu, Here's who they'll be leading from Team PokerStars Pro and Team PokerStars Online in the march to Day 2 (we'll have full chip counts for them when the official counts are released by the WSOP).

Moving on to Day 2: Pius Heinz, David Williams, Chad Brown, Marcin Horecki, Vicky Coren. Jan Heitmann, Matthias de Meulder, Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov, Richard Toth, Mikhail Shalamov, Salvatore Bonavena, George Danzer, Toni Judet, Martin Staszko.Christiphe de Meulder, Jason Mercier, Randy Lew, Shane Schleger, Angel Guillen, Joe Cada, Fredy Torres, Arnaud Mattern, Marcel Luske, Juan Manuel Pastor, Viktor Blom, and Dario Minieri.


Vanessa Selbst, leading Team Pro into Day 2 (photo by Neil Stoddart)

While our attention will be on those names above in the coming days, we can't close out Day 1 without bidding a final farewell to the PokerStars crew that didn't make it through their flight. Among them is Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 champion who spent his day at a feature table and getting a replacement WSOP bracelet.

Eliminated: Ivan Demidov, Luca Pagano, Pierre Neuville, Victor Ramdin, ElkY, Dag Palovic, Vanessa Rousso, Theo Jorgensen, Alex Kravchenko, Gabe Nassif, Mickey Petersen, Victor Ramdin, Ville Wahlbeck, Chris Moneymaker, Jonathan Duhamel, Ana Marquez, George Lind, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Max Martinez, Nacho Barbero, Andre Akkari, and Leo Fernandez.


Chris Moneymaker, eliminated on Day 1C (photo by Joe Giron)

If you missed the rest of our stories from the day, here are a few highlights:

Exactly the same just bigger
Doing things differently
Chasing Dolly

Tomorrow, the WSOP will try something a bit new. Days 1A and 1B will both return to the Rio to play Day 2, but they will not compete against each other. The remaining players from the two flights will be kept in their own rooms for the duration of the day. Then, on Wednesday, today's Day 1C flight will come back and play its Day 2. Thursday's Day 3 will mark the moment all three Day 1 flights meet each other for the first time.

For now now, our focus is on sleep, food, and our return for Day 2A/B (not necessarily in that order). Our coverage will resume at noon PT Tuesday. Until then, we leave you with this morsel of awesome.


Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker