The World Series of Poker Hails Biggest Main Event in Twelve Years The World Series of Poker Hails Biggest Main Event in Twelve Years
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The World Series of Poker has announced that their iconic Main Event has attracted 7,874 entrants making it the biggest tournament the WSOP has held since 2006 and the second largest in their history.

With a buy-in of a cool $10,000 the total prize pool is over $74 million—up from the $67 million prize pool that was created in 2017. Due to the massive prize pool the first place winner in 2018 will take home around $8.8 million in prize money. Pay outs are given to the top 1,181 players; those squeeking into the money will receive $15,000 in prize money.

WSOP Main Event Entrants and First Place Prizes

Year First place prize Entrants
2000 $1,500,000 512
2001 $1,500,000 613
2002 $2,000,000 631
2003 $2,500,000 839
2004 $5,000,000 2,576
2005 $7,500,000 5,619
2006 $12,000,000 8,773
2007 $8,250,000 6,358
2008 $9,152,416 6,844
2009 $8,547,042 6,494
2010 $8,944,310 7,319
2011 $8,715,638 6,865
2012 $8,531,853 6,598
2013 $8,361,570 6,352
2014 $10,000,000 6,683
2015 $7,683,346 6,420
2016 $8,005,310 6,737
2017 $8,150,000 7,221
2018 $8,800,000 7,874

The huge turnout for the Main Event shows that the WSOP still has pulling power despite the poor turnout figures for its usually popular Colossus event. This year the tournament only attracted 18,000 entrants, making it 27% down on last year.

However, with 65 of 78 events already having played out during this years WSOP, the stats show over $210 million has been paid out in prize money and 100,000 entrants have taken part. It is on course to break records.

The Online Offering

For the first time in WSOP history that it was possible a for bracelet to be won outside of Nevada. The tri-state shared player pool between New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware made this possible. And, indeed, it happened: Event #47 was won by New Jersey native Matthew Mendez, making him the first person to ever win a bracelet in another state.

All four online events saw a high turnout with over 6000 entrants. This meant $4.5 million was paid out in prize money in online events alone. Event #10 also made WSOP history, attracting 3000 entrants, making it the biggest field for a WSOP online event.

Play Continues

Play continues in the Main Event on Thursday for the first of three Day 2s. Players then combine for a single Day 3, on July 7, and they will play every day until a champion is crowned.

2017 Main Event winner Scott Blumstein was back in Las Vegas to defend his title, but busted on day 1, but he has some wise word to say on the matter.

Patrick Antonius was leading Day 1c putting him in seventh place overall.

You can keep up to date with chip counts here on the WSOP site.