2013 World Series of Poker: Main Event Day 1C Largest Starting Day in WSOP History

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Day 1C of the 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event wrapped up Monday night and while it didn’t attract enough players to get the total field over last year’s mark, it was still an impressive draw. The 3,467 players that paid the $10,000 to play made Day 1C the single largest starting day in the history of the Main Event, just eeking by the previous record of 3,418, set last year. All told, 6,352 players entered the 2013 WSOP.

This year’s Main Event field is actually the smallest since 2005, the year Joe Hachem ended with all the chips of the 5,619 entrants. That’s not to say the turnout was poor, necessarily; only once in the post-UIGEA era (2007 and after) has the Main Event field eclipsed 7,000. There has definitely been a downward trend in recent years, though, as this is the third year in a row where the Main Event numbers have declined. That trend is likely directly related to the weaker online poker environment since 2011’s Black Friday.

The 6,352 players created a prizepool of $59,708,800. The champion will receive $8,359,531, with the top seven finishers all winning more than a million dollars. Six-figure payouts will start at 72nd place, while those who finish as low as 648th will make the money. Min-cash this year is $19,106, almost double the buy-in. Here is a look at the entire prize structure:

1st: $8,359,531
2nd: $5,173,170
3rd: $3,727,023
4th: $2,791,983
5th: $2,106,526
6th: $1,600,792
7th: $1,225,224
8th: $944,593
9th: $733,224
10th – 12th: $573,204
13th – 15th: $451,398
16th – 18th: $357,655
19th – 27th: $285,408
28th – 36th: $229,281
37th – 45th: $185,694
46th – 54th: $151,063
55th – 63rd: $123,597
64th – 72nd: $102,102
73rd – 81st: $84,786
82nd – 90th: $71,053
91st – 99th: $59,708
100th – 162nd: $50,752
163rd – 225th: $42,990
226th – 288th: $37,019
289th – 360th: $32,242
361st – 432nd: $28,063
433rd – 504th: $24,480
505th – 576th: $21,495
577th – 648th: $19,106

Leading the Day 1C field was a familiar name to those who have been around the game since the beginning of the online poker boom, Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon. Kroon was one of the first known online poker pros, famously winning twelve trips to Aruba on the now infamous UltimateBet in one year. He became sponsored by UltimateBet in 2004 and became a familiar face on the site, before playing online professionally was a common thing. Obviously, things eventually took a turn for the worse with UB and online poker in general in the United States, so Kroon has been out of the spotlight for quite some time, but now, at least for a day, one of the original online power players is back and raking in the chips.

Kroon is one of the few successful players who really just stuck with online poker, never really making a huge effort to get into the live game. He has only cashed twice at the WSOP, the first when he finished 399th in the 2011 Main Event and the last coming this year, when he finished 25th in the Seniors Event.

Also amongst the chip leaders is a face who always seems to be in the mix in big events, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. He finished fourth on Day 1C with 176,100 chips. Other notables near the top of the Day 1C leaderboard include 2010 Main Event third place finisher Joseph “subiime” Cheong (13th place – 143,375 chips), Isaac Haxton (24th – 134,250), Haralabos Voulgaris (47th – 121,275), Freddy Deeb (49th – 120,525), Randy “nanonoko” Lew (50th – 120,500), Phil Ivey (52nd – 119,650), Marvin Rettenmaier (57th – 117,825), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (61st – 117,125), and Vanessa Selbst (68th – 115,225).

A few former Main Event champs did not make it to Day 2: Huck Seed, Robert Varkonyi, and Jonathan Duhamel. Other notables who did not survive include Phil Laak, Shaun Deeb, Jennifer Tilly, Tom Schneider, and Jeff Madsen.

The players who made it out of Day 1A will return today at noon Pacific time to compete in Day 2A, as will those from Day 1B, who will play their own Day 2B in a separate room.

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event  – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1.    Mark Kroon – 246,900
2.    Imari Love – 214,300
3.    Karlo Lopez – 196,550
4.    Michael Mizrachi – 176,100
5.    Frederik Jensen – 169,975
6.    Muhammed Abdel Rahim – 163,075
7.    Marc Carpenterperrault – 155,250
8.    Josh Pollock – 154,025
9.    Dinesh Alt – 151,400
10.    Sameer Aljanedi – 150,200

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event – Overall Chip Leaders

1.    Mark Kroon – 246,900
2.    Imari Llove – 214,300
3.    Clement Tripodi – 207,050
4.    Karlo Lopez – 196,550
5.    Evan Panesis – 190,975
6.    Jevon Lam – 189,250
7.    Daniel Cates – 188,425
8.    Nicholas Crisp – 184,075
9.    Abdulaziz Almashal – 180,575
10.    Robert Russ – 176,650

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