World Series Of Poker Main Event Begins

The World Series of Poker continues over the 4th of July with the Main Event. The $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold ’em Championship begins today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Record attendance at this year’s 2019 WSOP as I noted in my article at Forbes, and the Main Event may follow with a record turnout of more than 8,000 players.

All-time record entries of more than 150,000 and growing at the 2019 WSOP!

WSOP Main Event: Photos: Joe Giron & WSOP

The growing interest in poker has also been fueled by expanded TV and online coverage by CBS, which partnered with Poker Central to live stream the gold bracelet events across platforms including PokerGo and CBS All Access. The Main Event will be broadcast live on slight delay by ESPN networks from July 3 through the final table July 16.

Additional WSOP updates as the Main Event continues.

Through 66 events (of 90) at this year’s WSOP in Las Vegas, here is where some of the key metrics stand:

  • $153,035,865 in prize money awarded – More than any WSOP between 1970-2005
  • 22,325 places paid– Breaks record of 18,105 established last year
  • 44 — $1 million+ prize pools
  • 22 — $2 million+ prize pools
  • 7 — $5 million+ prize pools
  • 2 — $10 million+ prize pools
  • 9 – Events with 5,000 or more entrants (Event 3, 9, 19, 32, 34, 50, 59, 61 & 64) – New record
  • 4 – Events reaching Top 10 field sizes all-time (Event 3 (1st); Event 61 (4th), Event 64 (7th) & Event 19 (10th)
  • 1 – Largest $500 buy-in event in history (Event #3, Big 5028,371 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $400 buy-in event in history (Event 61, Colossus No-Limit Hold’em, 13,109 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $1,500 buy-in event (Event #19, Millionaire Maker, 8,809 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $600 buy-in event in history (Event #9, Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em, 6,150 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $800 buy-in event in history (Event 53, 8-Handed Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em, 3,759 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $888 buy-in event in history (Event 64, Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em, 10,185 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $1,000 buy-in tournament in history (Event #34, Double Stack, 6,214 entries)
  • 51 — # of different countries who have captured a WSOP Gold Bracelet, with South Korea being the latest

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