WSOP 2014: Monster Day 1C sets Series record

The World Series of Poker's third and final flight, Day 1C, marked an historic moment in the Series' 45 year history. When the registration cage closed, 3,768 players had signed up for the final Day 1 flight, making it the biggest single day flight in the history of the WSOP.

When the day began, Tournament Director Jack Effel had vowed to make sure anybody who wanted a seat got one. He made good on the promise without having to make any off-putting adjustments like ten-handed play. When added to the 2,915 players who played Day 1A and 1B, it made for a 6,683-player Main Event field, the fifth-biggest in WSOP history. The total prize pool amounts to $62,820,200.

Here's how this year's field stacks up against the last few years.

2010: 7,319
2011: 6,865
2012: 6,598
2013: 6,352
2014: 6,683

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WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel

Among the packed-to-the-rafters crowd was a big contingent of Team Pros and members of Team Online, including Daniel Negreanu who opened the festivities with a flourish and had a picture-seeker nearly in tears. Not only that, he finished the day on 129,000 in chips. Meanwhile, one-time champ and two time bracelet-winner Joe Cada ended up at the feature table which turned out to not be so featurey after all.

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Daniel Negreanu on Day 1C

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Joe Cada

The big PokerStars contingent featured the faces of Barry Greenstein, Humberto Brenes, Jonathan Duhamel, and Fatima Moreira de Melo, not to mention Team Online's Mickey Petersen who may or may not win this tournament, but could walk out of here the best man, regardless.

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Fatima Moreira de Melo

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Humberto Brenes

During the day, we checked in on Mind Sport Ambassador Jennifer Shahade as she one again bridged the gap between championship chess and championship poker. She, like Team Pro Andre Akkari, busted before the end of the night.

We also had a good conversation with Leo Margets who is grinning and bearing it during a week without being able to run outside. Finally, when it comes to stories, it's always fun to check in with Theo Jorgensen, Team Pro's best story-teller.

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Theo Jorgensen

We will update the PokerStars players' WSOP chip counts for Day 1C when the tournament officials release them. In the meantime, here are the PokerStars players who will be returning tomorrow for Day 2A and 2B.

Day 2A

Naoya Kihara (Team Online): 124,225
Gabe Nassif: ( Team Online) 57,875
Chris Moneymaker (Team Pro): 69,850
Jan Heitmann (Team Pro): 21,450

Day 2A

Bryan Huang (Team Pro) 44,525
Vanessa Selbst (Team Pro) 38,075
George Danzer (Team Pro) 25,800
Liv Boeree (Team Pro) 23,300
Lex Veldhuis (Team Online) 16,975
Marcin Horecki (Team Pro) 14,350

We'll be back with Day 2 action tomorrow at noon.

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. All photos by Joe Giron/Poker Photo Archive

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker