Seventeen years after Jamie Gold famously won the biggest World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event of all time, the record books have been rewritten again.
As the dust settles on a massive few days in Las Vegas, the early count after Day 1D of the 2023 Main Event has the number of entries sitting at 9,337 – shattering the previous record of 8,773 set when Gold was victorious back in 2006.
“This is a colossal day not only in the history of the WSOP but for poker itself,” said WSOP Senior Vice President and Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It’s particularly special to make history in our first year at the new Horseshoe Las Vegas.
“I think today is a huge testament to the passion of the entire poker community who rallies around this event every year. We’re hoping this record is short lived and we’ll be ready for another monster turnout next summer.”
It had been a memorable week at the Horseshoe even before this year’s Main Event kicked off, highlighted by the “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth also breaking records in winning his 17th career WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty. Not only did Hellmuth bank US$803,818 for his efforts, he also extended his lead over his nearest rival on the all-time list to seven bracelets (Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson all have 10).
Meanwhile, Australia finally scored its first WSOP bracelet of 2023 with Melbourne’s Hassan Kamel taking down the US$10,000 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $598,613. Kamel’s victory over a 277-strong field came after a plethora of final table finishes for the Aussie contingent, including most recently Sydney’s David Sebesfi who finished 7th from a field of 4,303 starters in the $600No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship.
But all eyes are now firmly on the Main Event where there are plenty of Aussies through to Day 2 – all of them hoping to match Joe Hachem’s 2005 WSOP Main Event success.
Leading the way for the Aussie contingent is no other than Daniel “Robinson Crusoe” Neilson with a stack of 218,400, just clear of Tom Rafferty with 214,300. Other notables to have enjoyed a solid Day 1 include David Sebesfi (200.300), Jarrod Thatcher (166,200), James Broom (157,000), six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (149,500), Yita Choong (141,200) and Joe Hachem himself with 125,300. A total of 7,068 players will return for Day 2 including 69 Aussies.
The full list of Australians to have made it through to Day 2 is below: