July 10,2012 : CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES OFFICIAL 43RD WORLD SERIES OF POKER NUMBERS (Update)
Few records broken, but a creditable performance nonetheless.
Caesars Entertainment, the organisers of the World Series of Poker, has released official numbers for the 43rd edition of the series currently taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas.
This year's main event attracted an entry list of 6,598 players – the fifth largest turnout in WSOP history, but 3.8 percent down from 2011.
That generated a prize pool of $62,021,200, which means that the eventual winner will receive $8,527,982; ranking around sixth among all previous main event first prizes.
It also means that six and seven-figure cashes will extend right down to the 72nd finisher; the top prize list looks like this:
No doubt boosted by the massive $1 million dollar buy-in Big One for One Drop charity tournament, overall prize pools for this year's WSOP reached a total of $222,035,192 – almost $30 million more than last year. It was generated by 74,766 player registrations.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart was upbeat on the statistics: “We’re still in poker’s golden age, at least when WSOP gold bracelets are on the line,” he said. “We can’t thank the players enough for their continued support of the WSOP and for once again putting a bad beat on market conditions.”