Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

The $10, 000 Question: Play Day 1A or Wait for Bigger Fields?

“I just like having days off, ” said Erik Seidel.



The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event kicked off Sunday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as 480 of the 741 players who entered on Day 1A survived to move on to Day 2.

Day 1A was not kind to eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who busted after the dinner break Sunday night.


The field of 741 players was down slightly from Day 1A in 2014, which saw 771 players enter. The first day of the Main Event traditionally has the smallest field, with Day 1B a bit larger and Day 1C being in the range of 4, 000 players. Last year’s Main Event had 6, 683 total entrants, thanks to 2, 144 entries on Day 1B and a record 3, 768 players on Day 1C.

Day 1B is set to begin Monday at noon, while Day 1C will be played Tuesday. Surviving players from Days 1A and 1B will convene to play Day 2A on Wednesday, while those who make it through Day 1C will play Day 2B on Thursday. The total remaining field will then merge on Day 3 on Friday.  says that Since the World Series of Poker Main Event went to multiple starting days in 2004, there’s long been a question of which day was the best to play. The answers vary just as much as the players do.

Over the last ten years Day 1A has historically been the smallest field- save for 2008 and 2009 when Day 1B fell on the July 4th holiday and many American players chose to salute Old Glory rather than take their shot at poker glory.

Some players want to set up a well-rested Main Event Run. “I just like having days off, ” said Erik Seidel,  “I like to have as many days off as possible, I thought I’d get Day 1 out of the way.”






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