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WSOP Main Event Breaks 10,000 Participants For The First Time

Written By Marc Meltzer on July 10, 2023
Guy Fieri Poses with 2023 World Series Of Poker Main Event Bracelet and stack of cash at Horseshoe Las Vegas casino

This year, the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event crushed the record for the number of participants in the tournament. The move from Rio to Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas on the Vegas Strip is proving to be a winning change for WSOP.

The 54th running of the WSOP Main Event had a record 10,043 entries.

Breaking the record for players in the Main Event isn’t an accident. Earlier this year, WSOP launched Main Event Maynia with this goal in mind.

Main Event Maynia was a special promotion at WSOP poker rooms online and in casinos around the country. This made it easier for players to earn a seat in the Main Event this year.

There’s one massive prize to be handed out from Main Event Maynia. WSOP is giving one person a “Main Event for Life” golden ticket. This gives a player in this year’s tournament a seat at the WSOP Main Event every year for the next 30 years.

The number of participants in this year’s Main Event crushes the previous record of 8,773 players in 2006. WSOP’s Main Event this year will be the richest tournament in live poker history.

WSOP will have record-breaking prizes this year

The total prize pool for the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event is $93,399,900 after subtracting tournament fees.

This year’s Final Table of nine players will enjoy historic payouts. The first-place prize for the winner of the WSOP Main Event will be $12.1 million.

For reference, Espen Jorstad from Norway won the top prize of $10 million in the 2022 WSOP Main Event.

The second-place finisher will take home a $6.5 million prize. All but one player at the Main Event’s final table will become a millionaire.

  • 3rd place: $4,000,000
  • 4th place: $3,000,000
  • 5th place: $2,400,000
  • 6th place: $1,850,000
  • 7th place: $1,425,000
  • 8th place: $1,125,000
  • 9th place: $900,000

There will be ample five-figure and six-figure prizes for Main Event participants this year. Some notable payouts include the 80th-place finisher collecting $109,000. The least anyone cashing in the Main Event this year will receive is $15,000.

The $6.5 million Main Event Championship bracelet

In addition to $6.5 million, the winner of the WSOP Main Event will take home the traditional gold bracelet. This year’s Main Event championship bracelet was made by Jostens. The company is taking the “trophy” to another level this year.

The bracelet features approximately 500 grams of 10-karat yellow gold. There are 2,352 various precious gemstones on the bracelet.

Some of the gems include 42 carats of round diamonds. There are also 425 black and red stones. These represent the colors of card suits.

There’s also a removable golden poker chip in the center of the bracelet. For the first time, the Main Event Championship bracelet features a special horseshoe. This is a tribute to the WSOP’s return to the newly rebranded Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas.

The Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri, introduced the new bracelet to the public last week and said in a Business Wire press release:

“The WSOP Main Event bracelet is out-of-bounds and whoever wins it will need some extra fuel to become poker’s undisputed World Champion.”

Fieri went on to discuss the opening of his newest restaurant in Las Vegas, next to the sports betting counter inside Horseshoe.

WSOP will crown the Main Event champion on July 18.

Photo by Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment
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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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