WSOP Main Event: Record-breaking Day 1C, Gorsuch leads

John Gorsuch leads the way in the 2015 Main Event – Day 2A starts at midday today

The final numbers are in for the 2015 WSOP Main Event, and although they’re down on last year, a record-breaking Day 1C field means the prize pool has broken the $60m mark. 3,963 players added to the previous Day 1 fields of 2,457 to make a total of 6,420. It means the prize pool is $60,348,000, with the top 1,000 getting paid at least a min-cash of $15,000. Everyone on the final table will get at least $1m and the winner will take home $7,680,021. You can find the full list of payouts here.

Last year 3,768 players bought in on the final Day 1. Yesterday’s total means it was the largest Main Event starting field in history. Despite that it’s still a small game – Phil Hellmuth was late to the party as usual, but when he arrived on the dinner break he was sat on the same table as Phil Ivey. Both of them made it through, but Hellmuth had by far the better of it, bagging 79,725 to Ivey’s 22,800.

Earlier Martin Jacobson had recovered from an illness that had stopped him opening Day 1A of the series, to announce the traditional ‘Shuffle Up & Deal’ war cry, but he couldn’t rouse himself into a successful defence, dropping shortly after the dinner break.

2013 champ Ryan Riess bagged over 100,000 and he was joined by other ex-champs, Jamie Gold (81,000), Joe Hachem (63,500) and Peter Eastgate (22,100). Joe Cada, Greg Merson and Jerry Yang weren’t so lucky, with the latter losing out in a set-over-set cooler.

John Gursuch is the overall chip leader going into Day 2. He bagged 198,100 by the close of the day and he’ll be hoping to better his two min-cashes in the series this year.

Eli Elezra (95,350), Mukul Pahuja (87,250), David Benefield (82,000), Victor Ramdin (80,000), Daniel Negreanu (71,300), Allen Cunningham (63,300), Michael Mizrachi (60,000) and Mike McDonald (56,500) all made it through with good stacks.

Everyone who played today gets a day off now as Days 1A&B return to do battle in the first of the two Day 2s at midday today.


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