People attend the World Series of Poker “Housewarming” event at Paris Las Vegas hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) Poker legend says he will not play in WSOP Main Event Colorado man takes home $694K for win in WSOP Seniors event Before anyone set foot inside the World Series of Poker’s new homes on the Strip this summer, officials predicted attendance records could fall.
A month later, they are doubling down on that forecast.
The WSOP’s $10,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em World Championship, better known as the Main Event, kicks off Sunday at Bally’s. Based on several key indicators, namely the record fields for other events, WSOP vice president Jack Effel believes this year’s tournament field will top its previous high of 8,773 set in 2006.
“It’s been an extremely busy summer. If that’s any indication of what we can expect for this year’s Main Event, I think it’s going to be the biggest that we’ve ever seen,” Effel said. “It’s just a perfect storm to continue to see records broken.”
The WSOP’s move from the Rio Convention Center to Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas on the Strip has been a success by most accounts .
According to Effel, there have been more than 100,000 total entrants for the bracelet events with over $150 million in prize money awarded.
The $500 buy-in “Housewarming” No-limit Hold’em event held the first weekend drew more than 20,000 entrants and was the fourth-largest live event in history.
Several other staple tournaments smashed their previous best turnouts, including the Seniors No-limit Hold’em event that drew more than 7,000 entrants .
The $1,000 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em Championship topped 1,000 entrants for the first time and blew away last year’s field of 644.All of which leads to Effel’s optimism about the field for the Main Event.“This is the year that everyone is basically returning to the World Series of Poker after not having the opportunity to do so for whatever reason,” Effel said. “We saw obviously a big increase in online activity during the pandemic, and we’ve seen more people getting into poker. We’re seeing a […]