2010 WSOP Makes Case as Greatest Ever

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The 2010 WSOP won’t only be known for its huge Main Event but also for being the biggest overall World Series of all time.

By the time the final entrant had been counted on Thursday, the 2010 WSOP had received a total of 72,966 players over 57 events.

When the Main Event is complete, the 2010 WSOP will have awarded a record-setting $187,109,850 to poker players from around the globe.

"By every measure, this was the most successful World Series of Poker in the event's illustrious 41-year history," said World Series of Poker Vice President Ty Stewart.

"From the lowest buy-in events to the highest, we saw enormous player demand translate into lengthy registration lists and massive prize pools. As the WSOP Main Event progresses, we're looking forward to creating several new multi-millionaires."

Dutch Boyd, who's been playing poker tournaments for more than a decade, mentioned the WSOP remains the premier destination for poker players.

"The WPT, NAPT and EPT are all good series but they are nothing like the WSOP," he said. "The Main Event is THE tournament to play. If you're going to play one tournament a year this is it."

The huge numbers are coming in a year where tours like the World Poker Tour saw declining numbers thanks to a stagnant economy in the U.S.

The 2010 WSOP marked the third consecutive year the overall series had generated more than $100 million in prize money and drew players from 100 countries.

After a record-setting summer it's apparent that as long as the WSOP continues to thrive, it will continue to attract players like Boyd.

"This is what it's really about," he said. "I've been watching the WSOP on TV since I was a teenager and my goal was always to win a WSOP bracelet."

The 2010 WSOP continues through July 17. For comprehensive coverage of the WSOP tune in to PokerListings' Live Updates and News.

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