Today the World Series of Poker set a record for field size of a non-main event. Day 1b of event six, the $1500 buy-in “Millionaire Maker," brought 2,630 entries. Combined with the 3,713 from day 1a in the morning, this event featured a record 6,343 entries, well above the previous record of 6,012 (set in 2009). Among the chip leaders of the unofficial 690 survivors from ofDay 1b is two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements, who has over five million in lifetime earnings and will move to day 2 with 66,225 chips.
The event was so popular that tournament director Jack Effel decided that each flight would play only eight levels instead of the nine that had originally been planned. That change in the schedule was prompted by a lack of available tables for day 1b. Ending the first flight an hour earlier provided additional table space for late-registrants to 1b.
The record-breaking field means the “Millionaire Maker" will feature a prize pool of $8,563,050, with $1,198,780 going to the winner. All nine players who make the final table will earn six-figure payouts. Here’s a complete list of final table payouts:
The event will pay out 648 players, with a min-cash earning $2,740.
Day 1b of the event saw a wealth of big names. Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier, and Scott Seiver all played this flight after busting out of 1a earlier in the day. The legend T. J. Cloutier was also at the felt, as was Maria Ho, Darryll Fish, Danny “Miami Boss” Suied, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, McLean Karr, 2010 Main Event runner-up John Racener, and a host of others. The day also saw its share of notable bustouts. Seiver, Karr, Maria Ho, Jeff Shulman, Jonathan Little, and Lauren Kling all failed to make it through to day two.
In addition to Clements, other chip leaders at the end of the flight include Kyle Allen, with 71,125, and Teddy Djmal, with 68,800. Djmal build a big chunk of his stack when he busted two players with 10-6 offsuit. After calling a raise and a re-raise preflop, Djmal and got his chips in the middle against two opponents on the flop of . Both his opponents held , and Djmal scooped a huge pot.
The event continues Sunday at 1:00 PM, and is scheduled to play for another 10 levels. The event is then scheduled to conclude on Monday, although the enormous field size has already prompted speculation that the WSOP will extend the event onto a fourth day.