4,262 players entered Day 1C – the last day for registration – helping secure this year’s ME place in history. The last time this many players participated was 2010, when 7,319 entries turned out.
“It’s amazing on all fronts, the third-largest Main Event ever,” said tournament director Jack Effel.
“It’s such a great tournament, and I’m really happy to see the number so high,” said WSOP champ Eric Baldwin. “It’s a great field, all the characters really show up for this one, and it’s a fun atmosphere.”
Brandon-Shack Harris, another WSOP winner, also discussed the large field size.
“I think it’s awesome!” he said. “It’s great that the fields keep growing. I’m pretty acclimated to the endurance it takes to try to stay sharp. I try not to ever look at the field, and just focus on my table. And I turn around every now and then and see there are fewer tables. But I try not to think about it at all when I’m playing.”
Day 1C is a Record
The previous record was the 4,240 entries on Day 1C of the 2016 ME.
The 2017 Main Event got off to a mediocre start, with 795 players turning out for Day 1A. On Day 1B, 2,164 players registered. But the record-setting Day 1C is what pushed this year’s field to impressive heights.
2017 WSOP Main Event Prize will be 10th Largest Ever
Thanks to all the entries, the 2017 ME champion will take home $8,150,000 – the 10th-largest payout in Main Event history.
The all-time record is the $12,000,000 payout that Jamie Gold won in 2006. Not coincidentally, this year also set the record for most Main Event entries with 8,773.
Record for Players Cashing
The reason why the 2017 field second ranks third overall, and the top prize ranks 10th all time, is due to the WSOP’s flatter payout structure.
Many players voiced their opinion that they’d rather see more payouts made than astronomical prizes at the top. And they’ll get their wish in 2017, with a record-1,084 players getting paid.