Record Attendance set at WSOP 2013
The final attendance numbers for the WSOP 2013 are in, and they have beaten all expectations. With the end of Day 1C of the WSOP Main Event meaning that there can be no more entrants, the number were gathered and the total number of entries was a staggering 79,742 which beat the previous record of 75,672 which was set in 2012 by quite some margin. This number was helped massively early on in the series by the monumental field that took part in the Millionaire Maker event. These huge numbers meant that the total prize prize pool for the 62 events was $197 million, making it the second highest ever. Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director was clearly a happy man, and he has good cause to be, saying that, "The WSOP is honored to be the home of poker for all who love the game. The strength of poker continues to defy the naysayers and with WSOP.com launching in Nevada and New Jersey before we convene again, we plan to harness this momentum for an even bigger event next year." The launch date for that real money site is yet to be set, and it may not be until late in the year, meaning that at the moment Ultimate Poker is the only real money site in Nevada.
The WSOP 2013 Main Event and More Numbers
An $8.3 million first prize will be paid to the winner of this years main event due to the 6,352 entrants and there was a staggering average first place prize across the 62 events of over $620,000. As usual men dominated the amount of entries, with the ladies making up 5.1% of the total amount being 3,726 entrants and men at 69,393. There were players from all over the globe this year, with an amazing 107 countries represented and maybe even more astonishingly every one of the 50 states of the US had a least one player. The US in fact made up the bulk of the player numbers, with Canada coming in at second. Although numbers are clearly great, there is a slight twist in them in that the Millionaire Maker, event #6 had so many players enter, a total of 6,343 with Benny Chen winning and crossing the border back to Canada with a cool $1.2 million. He wasn't the only Canadian to do well this year, in fact as a group they did extremely well, with 10 WSOP bracelets heading north. The Millionaire Maker tourney set the record for the biggest ever single day attendance and was the largest non main event tourney in WSOP history. Other notable tourneys include the Seniors event which saw a 7% rise in players and for such a large buy in, the little one for the drop did well at 166 players.