A huge turnout at the WSOP Main Event while Phil Hellmuth makes his annual grand entrance. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

The Latest from the WSOP Main Event

The final numbers are in from the three WSOP Day 1 flights and it’s a big one. A total of 7,824 players entered the 2018 WSOP Main Event, the second largest field in its history and a 9% increase over last year. The previous record came in 2006 at the height of the poker boom.

Samuel Touil had the chip lead from the 1c flight as well as the overall lead from the three Day 1 flights. Among the players who advanced from the flight include Patrik Antonius, Chino Rheem, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel and Joe Cada. Chris Moneymaker, Marcel Luske, Chris Vitch, Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu each got knocked out during the day.

Of the 7874 players that entered the Main Event over the three flights, 5,940 remain to play for a $74,015,600 prize pool over the next nine days. On top for Thursday is Day 2ab, is a mix of survivors from the first two flights. Survivors from the third flight will play on Friday and both groups will meet up for Day 3 that begins on Saturday.

Day 2ab action will pick up at 2 PM PT.

Other Ongoing Action

No other scheduled events are running on Thursday with the exception of the $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed tournament (Event #62), which will need an extra day to finish. Galen Hall, Niels Herregodts, and Eduards Kudrajavcevs will reconvene at 2 PM PT as the trio vies for a $888,888 first place prize.

Watch the WSOP Main Event

On Thursday, poker fans can watch Day 2ab action on ESPN from 5 to 8 PM PT. When ESPN2 stops broadcasting, viewers can tune into PokerGo from 8 to 11:35 PM PT.

Quick Hitters

– Phil Hellmuth made his annual grand entrance when he showed up to Day 1c dressed as Thor, surrounded by 14 women dressed as Wonder Woman.

– Vanessa Selbst’s departure from the WSOP Main Event on Wednesday is getting some attention for an interesting spot that Selbst chose to bluff.

– Ten finalists for this year’s Poker Hall of Fame was announced earlier this week and included the likes of Chris Moneymaker, Mike Matusow and Huck Seed. Steve Ruddock from US Poker writes that the biggest snub in the Poker Hall of Fame is Mike Caro.

– PokerStars is honoring the 15th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event win with the launch of the Moneymaker PSPC Tour. The tour will feature $86 buy-in Main Events — the cost of Moneymaker’s WSOP satellite entry — and will also award $30,000 Platinum Passes to winners. The tour currently has stops in California, Connecticut, Arizona and Maryland.

– From the Fake News Bin: WSOP Main Event Day 1b participant promised a bunch of people that he would win.

Image courtesy of PokerGo.

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