As noted in an earlier post, Day 1C of the 2010 WSOP Main Event registered an impressive 2,314 players, with 1,489 surviving play.
With a total field of over 7,000 seeming to be a lock, first place will pay out around $10M at least. We’ve learned that if first gets close-but-not-quite to the $10M figure (say, it’s short by around $100,000), Harrah’s may juice the top prize. #insiderinfo
Anyway, with Day 1C in the books, chip leaders are (French) Canada’s Mathieu Sauriol (169,900) and…Johnny Chan (163,700).
We give Chan plenty of crap. There are more well-like players among his/her peers and in the industry in general. However, the masses don’t really know/care about all of the Chan back-stories, so from a mainstream level, Chan going deep in this year’s ME (similar to what he’s doing to the above banana) would probably qualify as a Good for PokerTM entry.
Plenty of other big/interesting names among the Day 1C chip leaders, including but certainly not limited to Lauren Kling (149,650), Hoyt Corkins (129,150), Carter Phillips (128,225), David Williams (112,125), Billy Kopp (107,800), and Lex Veldhuis (91,925).
Among the departed are Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, and Jerry Yang.
Get full Day 1C chip counts here.