Carter Phillips is the name of the winner of Event #31: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em. Phillips topped a field of 2,811 players, the largest $1,5k NLHE event so far at the 2012 WSOP, and defeated the winner of the 2009 Main Event heads-up, Joe Cada.
This was Phillips' second WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six Handed event in 2010 for $482,774. This time he received amazing $664,130 - the second biggest tournament cash of his career after the EPT Barcelona main event win in 2009 that gave him $1,216,023!
The biggest field of the year with a bit more than 2,800 players, very nice. I guess it shouldn’t be long, but there will be a year in which the number entrances to some events will be limited, because there is just no logistic plan that should be able to apply to receive that many people in a single event. I’m not talking about hotels and rooms to play, but the event would have to be so segmented that some would start to play an evento n day 1 and other would only start on the week after. If it’s not limited to a certain number of players, it may start loosing its elite characteristics.