We’re going to lead with the positive.
The 2013 WSOP has been an overwhelming success. Attendance overall is up. The mood/buzz is back. Happy days are here again.
With that said, the Main Event numbers did dip this year. In 2012, the field topped out at 6,598 with a first place prize of $8,531,853. This year, the Main Event drew 6,352, with first earning $8,359,531.
For those keeping score at home, this is the lowest attendance since 2005, when “Salty” Joe Hachem won.
Still, all in all, hard to complain. Not a huge drop in numbers, and overall the WSOP is thriving.
Mark “Poker Ho” Kroon ended play as chip leader (246,300), knocking out Ylon Schwartz on the last hand of the night and acting like a douche while doing it. We’d link to it but for some reason wsop.com still doesn’t let you link to individual hand updates, further defeating the purpose of having individual hand updates. Try to find it here. Imari Love is back! The Love Doctor, who went deep in 2010, is second overall with 214,300. Other notable bigs include Michael Mizrachi (176,100), Sir Isaac Haxton (134,250), Haralabos Voulgaris (121,275), half-man, half-amazing Freddy Deeb (120,525), and Team Ivey pro Phil Ivey (119,650).
Get full Day 1C chip counts here.
In other news, look for our Wicked Chops and Ole G Smith Mega Podcast tomorrow morning. First batch features Ty Stewart, Morgan Machina, and Andy Black. We have Tom Schneider and Danielle Andersen lined up for tomorrow as well.
Also, more Girls on the Rail for you in the below gallery. As Merch would say about a few of these girls, “Did you see the gams on that one? Her legs would look like a Toaster Strudel after I was finished with them. What? Why did you just cringe? Was that one too far?”
And if you missed Ass Girl 3, go here.