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World Series of Poker's main event draws 2nd largest field

The Main Event at the World Series of Poker begins with three flights -- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- at 11 a.m. at the Rio Convention Center. (WSOP graphic)

The marquee event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has drawn its second largest field ever.

Organizers say 7,874 players have entered the no-limit Texas Hold'em main event that began Monday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. That's the highest number of entries since 2006 and over 650 more than last year.

The players are vying for a piece of the $74 million prize pool. The winner will take home $8.8 million.

Some players paid the $10,000 entry fee, while others earned seats through satellite competitions with lower buy-ins.

The final table is expected to be set July 11.

New Jersey's Scott Blumstein took home the $8.1 million event prize last year after outlasting over 7,200 competitors.

The series has so far seen more than 109,000 entries.

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