WSOP Attracts Record Numbers
The event organizers of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) were pleasantly astounded when the main event prize pool careened all the way to over $74 million, thanks to a record number of entries of 4,571 on the first day of the event. This is the second largest field of players attracted by the main event in its 18 year long history.
Organizers have put the astounding numbers down to the fact that the event happened to fall over the same weekend as the US federal holiday of Independence Day, the 4th of July. The player field at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was 7,874 entries strong, and the prize for 1st place escalated all the way to a very lucrative $8.8 million. The main event was only part of the action though, as the rest of the Series runs until the 17th of July, and there are a total of 92 events scheduled for play.
Only Second To 2006
The 2006 turnout was the only one to have beaten the current situation in terms of player sign-up and prize pool. During that year, Poker world champion Jamie Gold managed to out-smart a field of 8,773 players and in so doing, laid claim to a very rewarding $12 million in main event prize money.
Since then, attendances have been on the steady rise. This year’s entries may have a lot to do with the federal holiday, but the ever-increasing participation numbers also indicate that tournament Poker’s popularity could very well be on the up-swing in the United States. WSOP have been working hard at marketing their event, and with the current changes in US legislation, an increasing number of people are becoming ever more interested in gambling.
A Stellar Return
This year sees several star players making their return to the competitive tables of the WSOP. Finnish Pro-Poker player Patrick Antonius makes his return after 6 years of absence. Antonius had secured at seat at the main event of no fewer than 3 final tables in the history of the event.
The competition at the main event has always been quite a force to contend with, as all of the best Poker players in the world congregate here in order to have a shot at winning the main prize.
The main event is the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the organizers, and with so many other games in play and so many attendees, it is clear that the WSOP just keeps getting bigger and better.