Sunday, July 10, 2005

World Series of Poker

According to CardPlayer, here are the official numbers on the 2005 World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event:  5,619 total entries, with a prize pool of $52,818,600, which will be divided up by the top 560 finishers.

While huge, those numbers are much lower than had been expected.  Before the Main Event, the speculation had been that there would be 6,600 players and a grand prize of ten million, doubling last year's, but that eight-figure number will have to wait.  Everyone at the final table will get at least a million, the player in 560th place will earn $12,500 (a 25% gain for a week of poker), and this year's winner will scoop up $7,500,000.