As the always excellent B.J. Nemeth reported on the WPT website:
The two biggest money tournaments of each year (by a long shot) are the WSOP Main Event and the WPT World Championship. Nothing even approaches those two tournaments in terms of prizepool.
If you remove those two events from consideration, the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic has the biggest prizepool in history — $9,661,200.
To give a little perspective, this tournament has more money at stake than the 2003 WSOP Main Event, when Chris Moneymaker won.
Day 1B is coming to a close, and some big names pepper the leaderboard, with John Phan leading them all stacked at 103,500. Also big stacked with 90 minutes remaining include Phil Ivey (97,800), Joe Sebok (92,000), Ted Forrest (87,000), Darrell "Deep" Dicken (82,700), Patrik Antonius (80,300), Robert Mizrachi (78,400), and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow (73,600).
Get full chip counts here.
In related news, where the hell are some YouTube vids of Kimberly Lansing? Did we lose a war?
END OF DAY UPDATE: Phil Ivey surged to a major chip lead in the last 90 minutes of play, ending Day 1B stack at 223,025. Joe Sebok closed Day 1B out with 125,025, and Darrell "Deep" Dicken finished with 114,125.