This year, a total of 1,066 entries came out to action for Day 1a. Last year, 897 players came out for the first starting day, but the numbers won't directly correlate as there are only three starting days this year versus the four there were in 2011. Still, the numbers are solid and will only increase on Day 1b and 1c. Day 1c is expected to be the largest starting day, which is often the case for the final starting day.
After registration closes on Day 1c, PokerNews will receive the official field size along with all of the prize pool information.