Does Size Matter?
Judging by the gigantic size of the fields in the first five events at this year's World Series, poker's popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Consider these numbers:
Number of WSOP Entries (2004 versus 2005)
|#1||Casino Employees World Poker Championship||279||662||137% increase|
|#2||$1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em||831||2,305||177% increase|
|#3||$1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em||363||1,049||195% increase|
|#4||$1,500 buy-in Limit Hold'em||610||1,049||72% increase|
|#5||$1,500 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split||374||699||87% increase|
Due to the large fields, the Rio's (Harrah's) management and ESPN have jointly decided to make all televised tournaments three-day events. In addition, all events with 1,500 or more entries will be played over a three-day period. Therefore, the first day will normally be played from 12 noon (start) until 2 a.m. (end). Remaining players return for Day Two and play down to the final table (comprised of 8, 9, or 10 players - depending on which game is played). Day Three features the final table and begins daily at 2 p.m. PST.
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelets (Lifetime)
Throughout the 36-year history of the WSOP, a total of 363 different players have won gold bracelets. There have been 92-multiple gold bracelet winners (two or more victories). At the start of this year's World Series, here are the top 15 players who dominate in lifetime gold bracelets won (all with five wins or more):
Most Tournament Wins (All)
|Full Name||WSOP Tournament Wins|
|HELLMUTH, PHIL JR.||9|
|NGUYEN, MEN "THE MASTER"||6|
Ten Million…..and Counting
During the first week of the World Series of Poker (until the conclusion of Event #7), the total in prize money awarded to winners amounted to $10,829,050. To put this figure in perspective, the $10 million mark was not crossed until Event #16 last year. Ten years ago, the entire 1995 WSOP prize money awarded was $10,904,500, which was the first year that the total prize money exceeded the $10 million mark. Based on projections, the total prize pool for the entire 2005 WSOP could reach $100 million. This makes the WSOP the richest competition in all of sports!