Right now the tournament board reads that 218 players have registered for this event. Last year, the event reached its cap at 360 players, but unless a truckload of players appear at the door, this year should be much shorter. Much of this has to do with the amount of tournaments going on right now around that players are spread across, both live and online.
Even though numbers may be down for this event, they are expected to rise as the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe moves forward. More players will make the trip once they've finished doing what they're doing. Also, the fields are still extremely stacked with players such as Phil Ivey, Dan O'Brien, Vanessa Selbst, Erik Cajelais, Tristan Wade and Scotty Nguyen all in the mix.