Another record-setting field at the 2011 WSOP

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 12, 2011 Posted in WSOP News | No Comments »

So much for Black Friday negatively impacting the attendance numbers at the 2011 World Series of Poker! Yet another tournament has broken a record in terms of attendance, this time the $1,500 No Limit Holdem event which bested the previous mark, set in 2007, by six entries. A total of 3,157 players ended up registering for Event #18, creating a massive first-place payday of $735,400 –not too shabby for a $1,500 buy-in event!

With a mix of big-time pros, grinders, and plenty of amateurs –including Boston Celtics All-Star Paul Pierce– this tournament was the definition of a donkament, and the 490 players who survived the day not only needed a great deal of skill, but also that early level magic to make it through to Day 2.

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into Day 2 of the $1,500 NNLHE tournament on Sunday:

1. Kenny Nguyen – 110,600

2. Jonathan Lane – 108,400

3. Aneris Adomkevicius – 103,100

4. Stuart Stone – 101,900

5. David Briedis – 100,700

6. David Hickman – 92,600

7. Anton Brenner – 92,300

8. Danny Noam – 89,500

9. Adam Bage – 82,100

10. Robert Rottmann – 79,600

Who else is left standing? How about Erick Lindgren, Chris Moorman, Christian Harder, Jon Turner, Steven van Zadelhoff, Jean-Robert Bellande, Humberto Brenes, Men Nguyen, Dwyte Pilgrim, Praz Bansi, (Mrs. Erick Lindgren) Ericka Schoenberg, Matt Stout, David Chicotsky, and Scott Seiver, all of whom are over 10k in chips.

Results courtesy of wsop.com

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