Meet the mini-Main Event.
It was the inaugural running of the $1500 Monster Stack event that had everyone in the hallways of the Rio abuzz. And if you were in the hallways of the Rio, you knew that was of a lot of people.
The World Series of Poker has finally delivered what the everyday players have been longing for. An event with a long structure and plenty of chips giving amateurs and pros exceptional value for the price and the players loved it.
So much in fact they turned out in droves. They turned out in herds. Let’s just call it a mob, as the hallways were literally jam packed with players trying to get from point A to point B. At midnight, the number of entrants read 7862 meaning that the winner of his marathon event, now turned into a 5-day event, will take home upwards of $1.327 Million. Unlike the incredibly successful Millionaire Maker, this field was not a re-entry event, meaning that all of these runners were unique entrants and the total number of players turned this into the third largest tournament in history.
The enormity of the event made it so organizers not only added a 2nd flight to restart at 5pm, but then introduced additional flights of late entrants throughout the night as players lined the hallways waiting for their chance to take a seat and run it up. While there were some delays, by all accounts the organizers of the WSOP did an amazing job of getting everyone into the event.
This monster field of 3826 surviving players return at 3pm to grind another long day where it’s questionable even if the money will be made.
Watch: Tournament Director Jack Effel talks with PokerNews about the debut of the Monster Stack.
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PocketFives: WSOP Monster Stack Event Draws 7,862 Entrants