The most anticipated event of the World Series of Poker is finally upon us. Day 1A of the 2014 WSOP Main Event took place at the Rio in Las Vegas to 771 entrants, considered to be a slow start. But this year, with a guaranteed $10 million payday for first place, the event organizers are expecting to draw in more players, a similar tactic that has worked with smaller tournaments this year at the series.
While the buy-in is a cool $10,000 for a shot at winning millions, almost 4,000 players entered into smaller satellites at the Rio on Saturday hoping to win their entry at a much smaller cost.
Thousands more are expected to enter Day 1B and 1C on Sunday and Monday.
It is the 10th year that the tournament is hosted at the Rio since being moved from Binions and this has allowed for much larger tournaments to be played at the WSOP.
The WSOP main event hasn’t paid out 8-figures since 2006, when Jamie Gold won $12 million for beating out a field of 8,773 players. Only 10% of the players in the field are expected to win a prize.
Some of the notable players entering Day 1A include Chris Moneymaker, Antonio Esfandiari, Johnny Chan, Mike Matusow, and Justin Bonomo. Some busting out were Canadian 2013 November Niner, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, Phil Laak, Jeff Gross, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jason Mercier, and Trishelle Cannatella.
Reaching the final table will likely require at least 70 hours of play, over seven sessions of 10 hours each.
Martin Jacobson of Sweden leads after a total of 505 players have bagged up their chips making it to Day 2AB.
Here are the top chip counts at the end of Day1A. Day 1B takes place today.
1. Martin Jacobson – 200,100
2. Aaron Wilt – 157,650
3. Seamus Cahill – 150,775
4. Benjamin Gold – 144,875
5. Naoya Kihara – 124,225
6. Ken Einiger – 120,400
7. Yung Hwang – 118,875
8. Kenny Tran – 115,400
9. Mukul Pahuja – 114,800
10.Aleksander Simic – 110,675