World Series of Poker organizers’ expectations are entirely reasonable – the WSOP Main Event is the largest in its 53-year history. That metric was met on day one – with participation eclipsing the previous record set in 2006 when 8,773 players decided to vie for the title.
It is officially announced that the prize money for the first place will be higher than 12,000,000 US dollars. The specific amount will be announced after the registration deadline. As of this writing, there are over 9,100 entries. However, players have the option to “hop on the last car”: they can race the first few levels the next day.
It’s worth noting that, until yesterday, there was debate as to whether the Main Event might be the record breaking event in the WSOP’s 53 seasons. In the first three editions of the competition, the number of entries for the event exceeded 5,500. Expecting more than 3,500 entrants on the final day and early levels on Day 2 seems unlikely.
However, the love for poker doesn’t get stronger even before the tournament. Registration for Day 1D is complete and records are broken.
“When you see a really big World Series of Poker, it’s a good sign that poker will continue to be popular,” commented WSOP Vice President Jack Effel.
Experts did not predict how many players would gather to compete for the top prize, other than to say that “the number will be large”.
The standards achieved allow us to say that every final table participant will receive a seven-figure payout. If we look at the 2006 balance sheet, the first place prize is $12,000,000 and the ninth place is at least $1,500,000. As a result, the 2023 WSOP Main Event is expected to feature at least ten millionaires, and the title fight will be fierce.