WSOP Main Event challenges attendance record

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 10, 2010 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event drew an astounding 7,319 poker players, making it the 2nd largest poker tournament in history. Only the 2006 Main Event which saw 8,773 players take to the felt had a higher turnout for a major poker tournament in poker history. The glory of winning THE World Series of Poker Championship –not to mention the millions in prize-money and endorsement deals—brings players from around the globe to Las Vegas, even if it is the middle of the summer in the desert!

The WSOP Main Event has a stranglehold on the record-book for tournament attendance; the top five spots all belong to WSOP Main Events from 2006 – 2010. Many of these players come from online qualifiers, where they gained entry to the Main Event for a fraction of the $10,000 buy-in by winning a tournament, or series of tournaments.

The number of competitors steadily increased each day culminating with the 2,391 entrants on Day 1d:

Day 1a = 1,125
Day 1b = 1,489
Day 1c = 2,314
Day 1d = 2,391

The massive field has generated a total prize-pool of $68,798,600 with over $8.9 million going to the winner. In all 747 players will cash in the 2010 World Series of Poker, approximately 10% of the field.

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