116 Players Turn Out for World Series of Poker 2010 Event #2Published on May 29th, 2010 3:34 am EST
116 players turned out for Event #2 ($50,000 Poker Player's Championship) of the 2010 World Series of Poker, creating a total prize pool of just over $5.5 million.
The projected field size in this event was the subject of great debate over the past couple of weeks. Many pros felt as though the field would end up between 140-160 players, with some even going as high as 200. This would have represented a dramatic increase over last year's $50k HORSE event (95 entries), but many felt as though the switch to an 8-game mix format (which includes NLHE and PLO) would result in a much larger field.
The turnout was considerably higher than last year's HORSE event (116 vs 95 entries), but still well off from the 2006-2008 numbers. Many people seem surprised that this year's event wasn't more popular.
As you would expect, many of the top names in the poker world turned out for this event. Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Daniel Negreanu are just a few of the big names who are competing for the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
The $5.5 million+ prize pool means that the eventual winner of the event will take home $1,559,046, while the runner-up will walk away with about $963k. Each of the 16 players who manage to cash in this event will receive a minimum of $98,330.
This is a 5-day event. The 8-game rotation will be used for Days 1-4 of the tournament, while the final table will be strictly No Limit Hold'em.
A few more notes:
-there was a great deal of buzz generated when Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Howard Lederer were both absent at the start of the event. Were they avoiding the WSOP for fear of being arrested? Eventually both players turned up to the tournament.
-David Bach won the $50k HORSE event in 2009
-Dan Shak was the first player to be eliminated from the event. As it stands right now, Shak is the only player that has been eliminated
Source: World Series of Poker
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