Official statistics from the 41st World Series of Poker currently running at the Rio in Las Vegas indicate that through the first 56 events, there have been 65,647 entries, surpassing last year’s total entries including the main event of 60,875.  And this year’s main event registration numbers have yet to be recorded!
 
Judging by the interest in the main event so far, the organisers expect another bumper registration field over the four Day 1 heats which started Monday with the Day 1a field already attracting 1,125 players.
 
Last year’s main event entries were lower than those in 2008, probably because of the depressed economic environment, but still reached 6,494 players, generating a $61,043,600 prize pool that enabled 648 entrants to cash. Winner Joe Cada collected a paycheck of $8,547,042 as the winner….and he’s back for more this year.
 
Monday saw the beginning, and the end, of the last of the preliminary events leading up to the main event.