WSOP Stats: How Countries Have Fared 2011-2012

Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett helped skew the numbers for the U.K.

Think the United States is the best poker-playing country in the world?

You might be surprised that over the last two WSOPs in Las Vegas players from the U.S. have lost more cash than the rest of the other counties combined. 

Instead new poker powers Germany, the United Kingdom and even Australia have ascended to the top of the charts with huge profits and sparkling ROI numbers.

That’s not to say the United States isn’t home to some of the best poker players in the world (they’ve also won nearly $280 million), but their ROI leaves a lot to be desired at -11.45%.

It’s not as bad as say Italy, which has a less-than-ideal -42.44%, but it’s nothing like the Czech Republic which achieved an astounding 787% ROI with 257 players.

Of course many of the countries' ROI received a serious boost from big Main Event results such as Martin Staszko for the Czech Republic and Pius Heinz for Germany.

Here’s a complete look at how the top 50 countries/regions have fared at the WSOP over the last two years with number of entrants, total buyins, number of cashes, net earnings, percentage in the money and return on interest. (Special thanks to Arved Klöhn from PokerOlymp and the WSOP database.)

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Country Entrants BuyIns Cashes Wins Net ITM ROI
United States
111,815 315243500   
11,379 279159123  
-36084377 10.18% -11.45%
Canada          
9,359 28268000 1,024 23073100 -5194900 10.94% -18.38%
U.K. 4,584 19266500 586 25905638 6639138 12.78% 34.46%
France 3,286 12530500 360 10429935 -2100565 10.96% -16.76%
Russia 2,472 10267000 286 7905323 -2361677 11.57% -23.00%
Germany 2,368 8036000 285 15989799 7953799 12.04% 98.98%
Italy 1,778 5682000 165 3270714 -2411286 9.28% -42.44%
Brazil 1,355 3806000 124 3193173 -612827 9.15% -16.10%
Austria 835 2710500 35 287889 -2422611 4.19% -89.38%
Sweden 682 2421000 84 2561406 140406 12.32% 5.80%
Australia 607 2003000 92 3454285 1451285 15.16% 72.46%
Denmark 504 1693500 63 1252581 -440919 12.50% -26.04%
Japan 496 1488500 49 1227880 -260620 9.88% -17.51%
Hungary 481 1286500 57 2517663 1231163 11.85% 95.70%
Netherlands 479 1549000 96 2163631 614631 20.04% 39.68%
Norway 468 1409500 44 1624747 215247 9.40% 15.27%
Switzerland 443 1533000 36 855181 -677819 8.13% -44.22%
Mexico 435 1030000 49 372515 -657485 11.26% -63.83%
Ireland 412 1248500 71 2564151 1315651 17.23% 105.38%
Spain 372 1121000 70 1285244 164244 18.82% 14.65%
Belgium 349 939500 49 1483361 543861 14.04% 57.89%
Finland 333 2294500 40 1191516 -1102984 12.01% -48.07%
Guatemala 320 1002000 7 39268 -962732 2.19% -96.08%
Israel 284 839500 44 1651825 812325 15.49% 96.76%
Czech Repub. 257 707000 27 6276241 5569241 10.51% 787.73%
Nauru 252 629000 5 54916 -574084 1.98% -91.27%
Venezuela 238 790000 12 98964 -691036 5.04% -87.47%
Estonia 238 1542000 9 94335 -1447665 3.78% -93.88%
South Africa 231 680500 41 1314630 634130 17.75% 93.19%
South Georgia 224 662000 1 3702 -658298 0.45% -99.44%
Argentina 210 748500 16 132353 -616147 7.62% -82.32%
Iran 183 539000 5 22166 -516834 2.73% -95.89%
Lithuania 160 484000 17 254045 -229955 10.63% -47.51%
Ukraine 157 492000 32 2556805 2064805 20.38% 419.68%
Portugal 147 437500 26 328133 -109367 17.69% -25.00%
Bulgaria 132 441000 26 533994 92994 19.70% 21.09%
Hong Kong 109 465000 11 184344 -280656 10.09% -60.36%
Bolivia 109 281500 0 0 -281500 0.00% -100.00%
Greece 104 246000 12 191524 -54476 11.54% -22.14%
Romania 97 247500 15 655802 408302 15.46% 164.97%
Saint Lucia 96 381500 1 19227 -362273 1.04% -94.96%
New Zealand 90 233500 11 88846 -144654 12.22% -61.95%
China 89 239000 12 76776 -162224 13.48% -67.88%
Costa Rica 87 256500 11 695956 439456 12.64% 171.33%
Serbia 87 318000 8 133211 -184789 9.20% -58.11%
Colombia 76 209500 16 332373 122873 21.05% 58.65%
Uruguay 73 309000 9 282348 -26652 12.33% -8.63%
Latvia 71 233000 10 122877 -110123 14.08% -47.26%
Chile 70 264500 7 571288 306788 10.00% 115.99%
Chad 69 249500 2 9378 -240122 2.90% -96.24%
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