2017 WSOP Main Event Draws Big Numbers

The cards are in the air in the Main Event at the 2017 World Series of Poker.

The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship is the crown jewel of poker and drew a sizable crowd this year with 7,221 entries. That’s the third highest total to play in the main event in WSOP history, and it amassed a prize pool of $67,877,400.

The last man or woman standing once the final card is turned over will end up cashing $8,150,000. Everyone who makes the final table will become a millionaire, with ninth place in the tournament paying $1 million exactly.

The first day of the Main Event was broken up into three flights. Day 1A and 1B combined to become Day 2AB on Tuesday and at the end of the day around 1,100 remained. Add that to the approximately 3,300 who will play in Day 2C on Wednesday and there are around 4,400 players still in the running for the championship.

One player who won’t be winning this year is reigning WSOP Main Event champ Qui Nguyen. He was sent to the rail on Day 2AB, ending his repeat bid.

Some of the well-known names that still have chips include former Main Event winners Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, Phil Hellmuth and Scotty Nguyen. Daniel Negreanu is holding on heading into Day 2C despite a small stack, while Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow and Erik Seidel are some other notables still in contention.

Gimbel, Gola and May among Late Winners

Before the Main Event began a few more WSOP bracelets were handed out with Harrison Gimbel, Jason Gola and Heidi May all snagging their first.

Gimbel cashed $645,922 after outlasting the rest of the 1,349-player field in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. That was Gimbel’s 15th career WSOP cash, which has earned him just over $850,000.

Gola pocketed $132,957 for winning the $1,500 Razz tournament, versus a 419-player field. He has five career WSOP cashes, worth just over $163,000.

May was this year’s winner of the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. She topped the rest of the 718-player field to cash $135,098. That was May’s fifth cash at this year’s WSOP, which has earned her $151,000.

One other winner this week was Nipun Java, also known as Javatinii. He won the final online tournament, the $1,000 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold’em Championship, to cash $237,668.

That was Java’s second win of this year’s WSOP as he was also part of the winning team in the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em tournament. His two cashes this year totaled $312,986, and overall he has 21 WSOP cashes worth $710,040.