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Colossus II Hits 21,616 Entries, Falls Short of 2015 Record
The gargantuan Colossus II didn’t quite reach the numbers of the inaugural edition but it will pay out more places than any tournament in the history of poker.
By the time every last buy-in was counted the Colossus II had attracted 21,613 entries for a $10,806,500 prize pool spread over 3,245 places.
The event easily surpassed the $7,000,000 guaranteed prize pool that the WSOP was offering this year.
The final table alone will award more than $3m in prizes.
Bigger First-Place Prize for 2016
The inaugural Colossus attracted 22,374 entries last year, which means it will hold on to its title as the biggest live tournament ever held for at least a little bit longer.
Last year Cord Garcia took down $638,880 for taking down the Colossus but this year’s event will offer an even larger first-place prize.
The WSOP listened to complaints from players and decided to bump the first place prize up to $1,000,000.
Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso, Rainer Kempe, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and Jeff Gross were among the numerous high-profile poker pros who entered the massive contest.
The Colossus II drew a total of 11,713 unique entries over three starting days (two heats each day), which means there were a total of 9,900 re-entries.
Incredibly the money was reached on each individual Day 1 heat, which means all 846 players that entered Day 2 today were already in the money.
The final table is scheduled for Tuesday night.