480 Players Survive Day 1APublished on July 6th, 2015 7:20 pm EST
The 2015 World Series of Poker main event officially kicked off yesterday.
According to tournament organizers, 741 players turned out on Day 1A, down roughly 30 players from Day 1A of last year's WSOP Main Event. WSOP officials were quick to note that Day 1A always produces the smallest field out of the three opening day flights and that the numbers will significantly increase over the coming days.
Approximately 480 players made it through to Day 2 of the main event, with John Monnette (98,750), Mike Matusow (88,225) and Jonathan Duhamel (82,200) just some of the recognizable names who managed to make it through to the second day of play with respectable stacks. Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch and Chris Klodnicki were a handful of the recognizable names who were knocked out of the tournament on Day 1A.
William Kakon finished Day 1A with the largest stack (152,325), while Gjergj Sinishtaj (149,000), Alex Tran (142,700) and Pat Maddon (140,500) finished close behind.
A total of 6,683 players turned out for the World Series of Poker main event last year, which ended up being the fifth largest field in the history of the event. Only the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 main event produced larger fields.
The general consensus seems to be that the field size for the 2015 main event will come in below last year's number.
Chris Moneymaker, Dan Smith, Brian Rast and Greg Raymer are just some of the notable names who are taking part in Day 1B.
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