The 2012 WSOP Main Event kicked off Saturday, with 1,066 entrants for Day 1A.
This year, there are only three day 1′s (as compared to four Day 1′s the past few years). Given that Day 1A is almost without fail the least attended day. The final day (1C this year) is without fail the most entered day. So our best estimates are math math math a floor of 5,000 players and a max of 6,000. We expect around 2,000 today, and around 2,800 on Monday, putting us right around 5,800 total.
That’s our guess. For perception sake, we’re hoping the field at least breaks 6,000.
Anyway, a total of 657 survived Day 1A. Leading the way is the dual-first-named William John with 266,700. At first, we thought William John was this guy who effing loved America, but it’s not. John is way the fuck ahead of the field, which is good, as we all know you can only win a poker tournament on the first day. The next closest to John is Gerardo Lubas with 165,825.
Some notable names who survived include Eric Baldwin (123,150), Faraz Jaka (115,775), Filippo Candio (85,000) and David Williams (9,100).
Phil Hellmuth was the biggest name who got KO’d. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Annie Duke, Scotty Nguyen, and Temp Hutter have still yet to play.
Get full chip counts here.