Day 1C of 2018 WSOP Main Event Sees Record Turnout of 4,571 Entries

The final starting flight of the WSOP Main Event is usually the busiest. However, with that final starting flight coinciding with July 4 celebrations, many expected a disappointing turnout this year.

They were wrong. The World Championship had its busiest starting day in its four-decade history. As many as 4,571 people showed up on Wednesday at the host venue, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, to beat last year’s record of 4,262 Day 1C contenders.

While the exact number of people who made it through all levels scheduled for the day was unavailable at the time of writing, WSOP said that there were roughly 3,500 people to bag and tag for the night.

This year’s field of the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em tournament counts 7,874 entrants and is the second largest in WSOP history. A prize pool of $74,015,600 was generated over the event’s three starting flights. The remaining hopefuls will thus contend for a first-place prize of $8.8 million as well as for a shiny gold bracelet, known to be the most coveted non-monetary prize in poker, and of course the WSOP Main Event Champion title.

Highlights from Day 1C

The tournament’s third starting flight kicked off at 11 am local time at the host casino and, as mentioned above, attracted more than 4,500 players of different nationality and of different level of poker experience. The Day 1C survivors will return at the poker tables for Day 2C on Friday, July 5.

Samuel Touil, a player from France with one previous cash from the series, bagged the largest stack last night for 352,800. The player will actually head into Day 2 as the overall chip leader from all three starting flights.

Commenting on his performance throughout the day, Touil said that he was happy with how he played. He also noted that he got very lucky during one particular hand, which he won to scoop more than 145,000.

Some prominent pros also took part in Day 1C action and managed to make it through. Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, who made his Main Event comeback after skipping the tournament for six years, Loni Harwood, and three-time WPT champ Chino Rheem were among the notables who will return at the host casino on Friday.

There were also plenty of former WSOP Main Event champions who joined the Day 1C field and bagged for the night, including Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel, and Joe Cada. It is interesting to note that Hellmuth made quite an entrance into this year’s edition of the tournament. The player arrived at the host casino driving a chopper and wearing a Marvel’s Thor costume. He was flanked by a group of models scantily clad in Wonder Woman costumes.

This was not the first time that the record-breaking winner of 14 WSOP gold bracelets made a grand entrance into the World Championship. In 2009, Hellmuth channeled Julius Caesar for his arrival for the tournament.

Main Event action is set to resume today at the host casino when the Day 1A and 1B survivors will return to fight for a seat into Day 3.

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