The WSOP -- at its new venue -- is doing very well this year. Participation is up by over 50% and is on track to become the biggest series in its long history. The WSOP -- at its new venue -- is doing very well this year. Participation is up by over 50% and is on track to become the biggest series in its long history.

The 53rd Annual World Series of Poker is about to complete its first week. Participation, thus far, has been quite impressive and is well on track to become the largest WSOP series in the brand’s fifty-plus years of history.

Close to 25,000 entries have been registered through the first ten of 88 live bracelet events taking place at the new venue on the Las Vegas Strip. The first ten bracelet events have already produced $24.7 million in prize money, with all but three generating seven figures.

A large portion of the participation came in a single tournament — The Housewarming, welcoming players to Bally’s (soon to be rebranded to Horseshoe) and Paris by drawing in 20,080 entries across its four day 1 flights.