252 players for Day 1A of the WSOP Main Event

62 remain from the first Day 1 and now the big question is how many runners will the Main get in the final two flights?

Last night GGPoker hosted the first Day 1 of the unique and controversial $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event. The $10,000 freezeout with 30 minute levels attracted 252 runners in total, adding $2,419,200 to the eventual prize pool. 

After 16 levels 62 players remain with ‘VWgunter’ leading the pack with 534,490 chips (106 big blinds). It is hard to ascertain who is remaining in the field because it is screen names not real names, but Anatoly Filatov and Daniel Dvoress are among the known survivors. 

Is 252 a good amount of runners for Day 1A of the Main Event? On the surface that looks bad when you factor in that the $5,000 Main Event from earlier this year got 5,802 total entries and the 2019 live Main Event got 8,659, but this is a very different beast as it is not re-entry with many Day 1s (like the previous online event) nor is it available to everyone in the world (like the 2019 event).

The big stacks going into Day 2

More importantly perhaps, this Day 1 took place the weekend before the tournament gets in full flow, with Day 1B and 1C taking place this Saturday and Sunday. A lot of online tournaments have followed this Day 1A the weekend before format and the first flight is always a much smaller affair. So while it is unlikely we will see numbers matching the live Main Event, expect to see fields in the thousands this weekend. 

Especially as GGPoker are awarding $5 million in Main Event seats via satellites, which you can still get in on. 

One another unique aspect about this Main Event is that GGPoker’s Day 2 staking feature is available for people with deep pockets who want a sweat on the Main. Nobody at the time of writing who survived Day 1A has sold a piece of themselves for Day 2, but this field probably self selects as people who have sold action before the event started. 

How many runners will this event get? Let us know in the comments:


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