WSOP Main Event Gets Underway
On Monday an amazing 3,467 players paid the $10,000 entry fee to take part in the World Series of Poker Main Event bringing the total number of participants to 6,352 and the prize money to $8.3 million.
This is the eighth largest Main Event ever, just six players short of the 2007 game when amateur Jerry Yang won $8,250,000. However, this year’s winner will take home an impressive $8,359,531. Despite a slight dip in numbers WSOP officials are pleased with the turnout and especially happy that there are 83 countries represented in the event.
Tournament Director Jack Effel said that “If you don’t get a chance to play in any other event, this is the one you scrounge up enough money to get into, to satellite into. We’ve had an enormous amount of satellite winners the last few days.”
There were one table satellites, where one player out of ten wins a Main Event buy-in, running all afternoon. Many others will have won their places at online satellites.
The total prize pool for the Main Event is 59,788,800. This means that the nine players who reach the final table, taking place in November, are guaranteed at least $733,224 in prize money.