While speculation abounds regarding the number of players who'll show up for the Main Event in July, the numbers for the 2011 WSOP as a whole have been up as a whole thus far, something that seems to happened each and every year.
WSOP Entrants Since 2000
|Year||# of Entrants|
On the contrary, the numbers for this particular event have declined each year since 2005. There are two primary reasons for this, the first being the buy-in was raised from $5,000 to $10,000 back in 2008. Second, the field is tough and only seems to get tougher. As Todd Witteles noted in a tweet: "Only 103 players so far in this. 10k pricetag steep post-Black-Friday, especially for tough event."
Last year saw 171 runners, a number we expect to hit by the time late registration closes.