Opening flights for the 2015 WSOP Main Event are in the books. Final attendance and prize-pool announced. Winamax launches Cash Gamed Bingo. And more.

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Event #68: WSOP Main Event Day 1c: Updates

The largest starting flight in WSOP Main Event history, 3,963 players, descended on the Rio on Tuesday. Despite the record setting turnout was down considerably from 2014 (6,683 compared to 6,420 this time around) and was the second smallest field since 2007.

A total of 5,000 players survived the three opening flights. The survivors from Day 1a and 1b will return to the Rio on Wednesday. The survivors from Day 1c will be back in action on Thursday.

Starting Today:

The Main Event! Day 2a.

WSOP Quick Hitters

The official payouts for the 2015 WSOP Main Event are out. $7.6 million up top; final nine will all receive seven-figures; 1,000 get paid.

PTP takes a look at the potential problems the new payout structure might bring about, while tournament director extraordinaire Matt Savage is one person whose fond of the new payout structure:

My main motivation for playing @WSOP ME is that they went to a 1,000 player payout and $1M for FT which I have supported for years. #LoveIt

— Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) July 7, 2015

The stars aligned on Tuesday as in the field of nearly 4,000, two of poker’s biggest names found themselves at the same table, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth.

888 sponsored Kevin Boudreau in the Main Event. You may recall Boudreau suffered a brain hemorrhage at last year’s WSOP, and we’re happy to report he is on the road to recovery.

After Monday’s monsoon rained on their parade, PokerStars brought us, Fukuburger the redux.