Last night, the WSOP Main Event broke records as 4,571 players entered on the biggest single day in the event’s history. The action was live on PokerGO and ESPN throughout the day, with the biggest names in the game featured on the big stage.

In a true contrast of styles, Daniel Negreanu showed up right on time, Phil Ivey snuck in through the back hallways at the very last minute before registration closed, and Phil Hellmuth made his grand entrance surrounded by 14 models, one for each of his WSOP bracelets.

Sporting a Las Vegas Golden Knights jersey, Negreanu also dipped into some analysis of the recent John Tavares signing by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. Canada’s leading sports network, TSN, showed love for Negreanu by sharing the clip below.

Negreanu’s Misfortune on Day 1C

When it was all said and done, Day 1C, 3,480 of the 4,571 players advanced, but all-time money list leader Daniel Negreanu wasn’t among them. Negreanu was featured all day on ESPN and PokerGO, but he couldn’t get anything going. Watch Negreanu’s elimination in the clip below.

After registration closed on Day 1C, and the numbers were confirmed, it became apparent that the 2018 edition of this tournament is the second biggest of all time. The 7,874 participants created a prize pool of $74 million, paying out 1,182 winners and a top prize of $8.8 million.

Battling on the secondary featured tables, Ivey bagged up 92,300 chips and Hellmuth advanced with 63,700. Former Main Event champions Martin Jacobson (38,400), Jonathan Duhamel (17,500) and Joe Cada (16,500) also advanced. Rewatch the entire PokerGO portion of the Day 1C action right here with commentary provided by Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman.

Among the players that were less fortunate, we saw eliminations of Chris Moneymaker, Chris Vitch, Dutch Boyd, Tristan Wade, John Racener, Vanessa Selbst, Mike Watson, Dan Colman, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen and 2018 WSOP Player of the Year leader John Hennigan.
The Top 10 chip counts on Day 1C are as follows.
2018 WSOP Main Event Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts
Name Country Chip Count
1 Samuel Touil France 352,800
2 Peter Forsstrom United States 283,200
3 Bernhard Steiner Singapore 282,000
4 Denilson Menezes Brazil 272,000
5 Anthony Reategui United States 256,500
6 Gary Payne United States 248,600
7 Ignacio Sanchez United States 244,700
8 Robert Covert United States 240,300
9 Martin Malone United Kingdom 237,400
10 Fabrizzo D’Agostino United States 234,900

Tune in for continued coverage of the WSOP Main Event today, live on PokerGO, starting tonight 11:00 pm ET – 8:00 pm PT – 5:00 am CET. The action resumes today with Day 2A/B as 659 Day 1A and 1,801 Day 1B survivors continue their quest to win the first prize of $8.8 million.

Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Cada, Phil Hellmuth, Martin Jacobson, 2018 WSOP Main Event, Jonathan Duhamel