Poker Players Championship draws largest field since 2008

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 01, 2013 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

wsop 2013Sometimes it’s hard to find any rhyme or reason in the poker world, and the attendance track record of the $50k Poker Players Championship is one of those things. In what is considered the dark days of poker (in the last 10 years anyway) the Poker players Championship just pulled in its largest field since 2008. This year 132 players registered for the tournament, a mere 16 players away from the record set in 2008, and 24 players more than last year’s tally.

Heading into Day 2 the attendance number was sitting at 123 players, but with registration for the slow-structured five-day tournament open until the start of Day 2 a further nine players decided to plunk down their $50,000 entry-fee for a shot at one of the most prestigious titles in poker. Among the late entries were Shaun Deeb and Phil Galfond, fresh off his runner-up finish in the $25k Six-Max tournament.

The chip-leaders heading into Day 2 were some of the biggest names in the game (not surprising considering this tournament is basically only played by the best of the best):

1. Jonathan Duhamel — 401,300

2. Jason Mercier — 340,600

3. Justin Smith — 336,600

4. Brian Rast — 319,900

5. George Lind — 294,200

6. Calvin Anderson — 290,500

7. Greg Mueller — 261,300

8. Mike Leah — 248,000

9. Michael Glick — 235,000

10. Doyle Brunson — 232,000

Another side story for the tournament is the return of Doyle Brunson (who finished Day 1 in 10th place) to the WSOP tables. Doyle announced his WSOP retirement before the 2013 WSOP got underway, but it appears he wasn’t quite ready to hang up his tournament hat just yet –although the chance to pocket some $800k in prop bets may also have been a motivating factor:

@TexDolly

Time closing in on the 50k. I’ve got so many bets my head is spinning. These young guys evidently think I can’t compete.#wewillseeCHIPREESE

Total 28 bets.Not as high as it seems. Total of 800k. Seems like a lot, but bets are to cash, final table, win.#lotsofactionforasickolikeme

If I lose (and I’m a fav to lose) I will lose between 80K-140k. But if I win, I could win up to 800k maximum. Hoping to at least cash.#gulp

Here is a look at the payout schedule for the tournament:

* 1st place: $1,774,089

* 2nd place: $1,096,254

* 3rd place: $686,568

* 4th place: $497,122

* 5th place: $388,523

* 6th place: $309,830

* 7th place: $251,602

* 8th place: $207,630

* 9th -10th place: $173,796

* 11th -12th place: $147,882

* 13th -14th place: $128,620

* 15th -16th place: $111,893

*Resources: www.wsop.com, www.wikipedia.org

 



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