A photo of the WSOP Main Event in action, capturing the excitement and intensity of the poker tournament. A photo of the WSOP Main Event in action, capturing the excitement and intensity of the poker tournament.
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Key Takeaways
  • WSOP 2023 Main Event breaks records with unprecedented attendance and generates over $93 million in prizes.
  • The overall prize money for WSOP 2023 surpasses $360 million, setting a new record in the series’ history.
  • The average prize money per event stands at an impressive $4.5 million, primarily driven by the Main Event.
  • WSOP 2023 showcases immense popularity with over 194,000 entrants across 80 live events.
  • Online bracelet events contribute significantly, generating $17 million in prize money and attracting over 29,000 participants.

Amidst the buzz surrounding the WSOP 2023 Main Event and its astonishing turnout, another remarkable record has gone unnoticed by the press. This year’s WSOP has already shattered the record for the largest prize money in history.

With the Main Event attracting an unprecedented number of participants and generating just north of $93 million in prizes, the series has surpassed last year’s record, standing tall with over $360 million in total prize money.

The average prize money per event, thus far, stands at an impressive $4.5 million, primarily driven by the Main Event, which significantly skewed the overall figures.

With 15 live events still to take place at the Horseshoe & Paris Las Vegas on the Strip, the 54th WSOP edition has well set its sights on surpassing the $400 million milestone.

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The WSOP 2023 has rewritten the history books in terms of both participation and prize money. Across 80 live events, a remarkable 194,151 entrants have gathered, showcasing the immense popularity of the series.

Five events, including the prestigious Main Event, have witnessed turnout in five-digit figures, while 40 tournaments have drawn a crowd of thousands.

Among the standout events, the $1,000 Mystery Millions drew an astounding 18,188 runners, resulting in a total prize pool of $16.1 million. Another notable event was the debut of the Gladiators of Poker, a $300 buy-in tournament that became the second-largest live bracelet event in WSOP history, drawing over 23,000 entries. Furthermore, the $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER amassed over 10,000 entries, cementing its popular and lucrative tournament status.

Impressively, 82.5% of the bracelet events that have run so far, totaling 66 out of 80, have generated prize pools in the seven-figure range. Additionally, half a dozen events have reached the impressive milestone of generating at least $10 million in prize money.

WSOP 2023 Live Series Stats So Far:

  • Events Closed: 80 out of 95
  • Prize Money Generated: $363,886,015
  • Entrants: 194,151
  • Avg Prize Money Per Event: $4.5 million
  • Avg Buy-in: $10,687
  • Total Fees Collected: $34,103,885
  • Total Prize Money (Projected): Over $400 million

Additionally, the WSOP series has seen a substantial contribution to the prize pool from online bracelet events, available exclusively for US players on the WSOP.com real-money platforms.

These online bracelets have generated an impressive $17 million prize money, attracting over 29k participants. This participation in online events further enhances the overall success of the series.

Among the online events, the series running on the shared WSOP NJ/WSOP NV network has proven to be particularly popular, distributing $16.2 million across 16 completed events. Meanwhile, the bracelet series on the WSOP PA and WSOP MI platforms have each generated over half a million dollars in prize pools, spread over six online events.

WSOP 2023 Online Bracelet Series Stats So Far (All Four States Included):

  • Events Completed: 28 out of 34
  • Prize Money Generated: $17,422,529
  • Entrants: 29,082
  • Avg Buy-in: $811
  • Total Fees Collected: $1,742,251
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WSOP 2023 to End With Over $400 Million in Prize Money

The 2022 WSOP live series saw 182k entrants from over 100 countries and $333 million in distributed prize money, a record in its 50-year history. Furthermore, an additional $15 million was generated in the online series, resulting in $347.9 million across 117 live and online bracelet events.

This year’s WSOP has already produced an astounding $377 million in prize money when counting both live and online bracelet events. There has also been a record-breaking 223,000 entrants across live and online. At this remarkable pace, the series is well on its way to surpassing last year’s record-breaking achievement, with participation and the series prize pool experiencing a notable 15% increase. Once the dust settles, it is highly likely that the series will surpass the $400 million mark.

To truly grasp the scale of this year’s WSOP series, it is astounding to note that the total prize money accumulated this year surpasses the combined prize pools awarded during the first 36 editions of the WSOP from 1970 to 2005.

The WSOP has evolved into a global phenomenon, attracting participants worldwide and solidifying its position as the pinnacle of poker tournaments.

WSOP Eclipses $4 Billion

Surpassing $377 million in prize money also signifies a momentous milestone for the WSOP series as a whole. It has now awarded an astonishing $4 billion in prize money over its five-decade history.

Before the start of the series, the series had awarded more than $3.8 billion in prize money over 1,696 bracelet events.

Adding this year’s figures takes the total prize money awarded to an impressive $4.2 billion across nearly 1,800 bracelet events. Total entrants across the series spanning more than five decades have increased to 1.8 million, while nearly 140,000 come from all Main Events held.

All-Time WSOP Stats (Including Ongoing Edition):

  • Prize Money Awarded: $4.2 billion
  • Entries: 1.8 million
  • Main Event Entries: 139,468 (Including the 2023 edition)
  • Bracelets: 1776

We’re already looking forward to next year’s WSOP. Get full details on the WSOP 2024 schedule, events, and more in our complete guide!