Main Event Numbers Game

by , Jul 5, 2009 | 10:31 pm

Just got word from very reliable sources … 2,400 people are already registered for Day 1d. Main event sign-ups have been coming in today at a rate of nearly 100 an hour. Satellites are still running. A sell-out tomorrow looks inevitable. In fact, the problem may be too many players — the WSOP is looking at potentially having to turn away (theoretically) up to 500 players looking to buy in. Not only will they be difficult to seat, but there’s a further problem, because so few advanced on Day 1b, with balancing the fields as they move toward the Day 3 convergence.

UPDATE: First prize is more than $8 million already.

CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION: The problem would be not just the logistics of seating more than 3,000 people for Day 1d, but also, should such a monster field not be whittled down small enough (based on the current pace of slow-stack eliminations) the then they’d face the same problem of not having enough space for the remaining players on Day 2b.

So that’s the concern … not Day 3 … and it’s part of why they’re playing 5 levels today and tomorrow, but there’s still a teensy fear that won’t provide the necessary eliminations.

4 Comments to “Main Event Numbers Game”

  1. BenS

    Why would too many players on day 1D cause a problem balancing the tournament?

    Are you seriously suggesting that Day 2a is going to get down to less than two tables for the start of day 3?

    It seems like you’re just ignorant of the issues here, and much like the Adam Richardson beat up, spinning mindless dribble to get some childish attention.

    You should focus on quality, not on unsubstantiated nonsense.

  2. DanM

    Ahh, I remember the days when I used to love my readers. The kind who called me out when necessary but otherwise helped me correct facts when I made a mistake.

    Thanks for your assistance, Ben. I did indeed get the clarity I was seeking and now understand the oversized field could be a problem for Day 2b, not Day 3.

    Are you on myspace? let’s be friends.

  3. ThePokerDaily

    LOL…I’m taking this year off, but whenever someone mentions $8M, I start to question that.

    Keep up the good work guys.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    They’re easily over $8m for first now.