As Level 13 begins, the big board is showing 1,197 players remaining. The top 648 finishers will make the money.
We mentioned earlier the coincidence that the field of 1,753 players who started Day 3 this year exactly matched the total of 1,753 who returned for Day 3 a year ago. Heading into Level 13 last year, there were 1,224 players left, meaning the pace of eliminations during the first two levels today is roughly the same as what we saw last year.
Last year Day 3 ended with 720 players left and a chip leader (Dave D'Alesandro) having built a stack of exactly 1.1 million.