Okay, so who has the stats on how many of the 8773 player actually paid $10K out of their own poket to enter the event (not counting the pros). And how many entries did PokerStars
alone send? Now how many from all of the sites together? Right. I haven't heard about the increase to $25K, but I seriously doubt that the numbers will drop far enough to hurt it.
8773 player @ $10K = $87,730,000
40% of 8773 = 3509.2 @ $25K = $87,730,000 (I know you can't have .2 of a player, well except maybe for Varkony, but there is a point here, I'm sure).
With all of the won seats and satellite seats entering, I hardly doubt they will lose 60% participation off the top. And anything less than a 60% loss and the prize pool goes up.