Negreanu out, Hellmuth in as WSOP Main Event rolls on

A record-setting number of players dropped in on the Rio in Las Vegas on Day 1c to participate in this year’s WSOP $10,000 Main Event.  To date, 7874 entries have been tallied, of which 1934 have already hit the rail.  The remaining players are vying for a piece of the $74-million prize pool.  The winner of the tournament will receive an incredible $8.8 million, followed by $5 million for the runner-up and $3.75 million for the third-place finisher.  Over $28 million is reserved for the players who make it to the final table.

Several big-name players have pushed through to still be in the running.  Phil Ivey currently has 92,300 chips and Phil Hellmuth has 63,700.  Other superstars who will be seen at the felt today include Martin Jacobson, Joe Cada, Dominik Nitsche and Chris Moorman. 

A few of the well-known players expected to make a deep run weren’t able to find their groove.  Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Vanessa Selbst and Chris Moneymaker have already been sent packing. 

Since its inaugural year in 2000, the WSOP Main Event has consistently produced prize pools that have grown to reach the high eight-figure mark.  In 2000, the prize pool sat at "only" $5.12 million before jumping exponentially in 2004 to $24.22 million.  This year’s $74-million prize pool is slightly less than the highest amount, recorded in 2006 when $82.51 million was up for grabs. 

Play continues today at 11:00 AM local time.  Final table action is scheduled to begin on July 11 and will run through July 14.

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