|With 8,773 competitors this year, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has already broken the record for the greatest number of participants in one live poker event. Now, they are set to break the prize record to, with the eventual winner taking home a massive $12 million. Players who finish as low as 12th will win 1 million. The total prize pool for the event is a colossal $82.5 million.|
'This World Series of Poker stands out as the best in the tournament's illustrious 37-year history,' said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. '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.'
The figures eclipse last year’s totals by some distance. Last year’s champion Joe Hachem won $7.5 million from a then prize pool of $54 million. The demand for seats, which led to organisers having to arrange five separate day ones, is seen as indicative of the poker boom. Players placing as low as 873rd will take home cash prizes. The final table, consisting of nine players, will start on August 10.