Record payout announced for 2006 WSOP Main Event

Records continue to be broken at the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) as it was announced that the winner of the Main Event will take home $12 million, the largest single-event prize in live poker history.

The total prize pool for the event ended up at more than $83.5 million as a total of 8,773 people entered this world championship event. The turnout set another record as the previous participation record for a live event was the 5,619 players who played in the 2005 Main Event.

"This World Series of Poker stands out as the best in the tournament's illustrious 37-year history," said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner. "Never before have so many people from around the world competed for so much prize money and the honor of winning the most coveted prize in all of poker - the World Series of Poker champion's bracelet."

For the first time in poker history, the players receiving more than $1 million will extend past the final table players. The top 12 finishers will all receive at least $1 million. The top 873 players in the Main Event will win money, with the 873rd finisher receiving $14,597.

The top 12 payout structure is:

  • 1st place: $12 million
  • 2nd place: $6.1 million
  • 3rd place: $4.1 million
  • 4th place: $3.6 million
  • 5th place: $3.2 million
  • 6th place: $2.8 million
  • 7th place: $2.3 million
  • 8th place: $1.9 million
  • 9th place: $1.5 million
  • 10th place: $1.1 million
  • 11th place: $1.1 million
  • 12th place: $1.1 million

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