When you run a poker tournament in which most of the seats are won via online qualifiers, and around 25-30% of your biggest market that typically sends the most qualifiers is wiped off the map…safe to say you’re going to see a dip in attendance.
Meet the 2012 PCA Main Event.
The 2010 and 2011 versions each saw over 1,500 entrants. This year, the number dropped to 1,072. Regardless, first will still bank an even $2,000,000, making it one of the largest non-High-Roller first places prizes of the year.
A total of 545 of the starting 1,072 survived to the merged Day 2. Alexey Repik leads the way, stacked at 220,100. Notable big stacks include Chino Rheem (182,900), Alexander Kravchenko (120,000), Barry Greenstein (105,000), Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (100,000), and Vanessa Selbst, a woman (86,000).
Last year’s winner, Galen Hall, is alive with 56,900.
Viktor Blom and Daniel Negreanu were eliminated on Day 1B.
Get full chip counts here.
* Photo courtesy PokerStars Blog.