WSOP Main Event: Record Day 1C creates largest field since 2011

6,737 total entries

WSOP 2016
6,737 players entered the Main Event

As is always the case in the WSOP Main Event, day 1C produces the largest field, meaning that it was difficult to formulate an accurate projection about field size during the first two days. What was seen during those days was a strong turnout, with 764 entries on day 1A representing a slight increase on last year. Day 1B then provided a further 1,733 players to the field, with day 1C finally giving us the big picture, as entries exceeded most expectations, with 4,240 turning up to play. This is the largest starting flight in Main Event history, contributing to the largest field since 2011, with 6,737 total entries for this year.

Even Phil Ivey couldn’t keep away, as he showed up to play his first, and only WSOP event of 2016.

Survivors from day 1A numbered 567, while day 1B saw 1,302 player make it over the first hurdle. Day 1C contributes over 3,000 survivors to ensure that more than 5,000 are left standing as we head into day 2AB and 2C.


1,011 players (15% of the field) will earn a minimum of $15,000, with the winner claiming $8 million.

November Nine payouts

Place Prize
1 $8,000,000
2 $4,658,452
3 $3,451,175
4 $2,574,808
5 $1,934,579
6 $1,463,906
7 $1,250,000
8 $1,100,000
9 $1,000,000

Risers and fallers

In an event of this global allure and magnitude, it would be impossible to name all the notables in this one, but suffice to say, most of the professional poker playing world were involved. With a slow blind structure at play, most of the starting field are still alive at this point. There were a few names that did not make it through however: Phil Laak, Randy Lew, Jason Mercier, John Hennigan, Rep Porter and Greg Mueller to name a few.

On the other side of the coin, many notables have cultivated strong stacks to move forward with: Matthew Ashton (212,600), Johnny Chan (160,800), Greg Raymer (116,700), Justin Bonomo (145,300), Vanessa Selbst (133,900), Antonio Esfandiari (99,000), Anthony Zinno (131,000), Gavin Griffin (144,100), Joe McKeehen (110,100). Other to have survived include Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. There will be two day 2 fields taking place before the whole field comes together for day 3.

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