Thursday July 14, 2011 : 1,864 players will return for Day 3 action Thursday
 
1,864 2011 World Series of Poker main event players enjoyed a free day Wednesday as preparations were made for Day 3, which starts noon Thursday in Las Vegas, and will see the survivors of the preliminary six days join in one field for the first time.
 
Among the celebrity players who made it through a tough original entry field of 6865 hopefuls this year are Jason Alexander ( 349th position with 167,000 in chips) and Brad Garrett (46,000), both regulars at poker's prestigious annual tournament.
 
Day 3 competitors will also include seven former main event champions; Tom McEvoy (1983), Joe Cada (2009), Phil Hellmuth (1989), Berry Johnston (1986), Huck Seed (1996), Carlos Mortensen (2001) and Robert Varkony (2002). Also still in contention are four previous WSOP Players of the Year in Daniel Negreanu (2004), Allen Cunningham (2005), Erick Lindgren (2008) and Jeffrey Lisandro (2009).
 
This year the winner of the main event will receive $8.71 million, and 693 players will cash. The Day 3 chip lead is held by Ben Lamb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who already has won around 1.3 million in this year's WSOP events.
 
Former main-event champions eliminated in Day 2b included Jamie Gold and Joe Hachem, Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Mike Sexton and Brandon Adams.
 
Still in contention going into Day 3 Thursday are Patrik Antonius, Sam Stein, Joseph Cheong, Justin Bonomo, Jeff Madsen, David Oppenheim, Paul Volpe, and Will Failla.