The numbers for the WSOP through the first 55 events were just released. According to Harrahs, participation stands at 63,706 entrants, up 20% from last year. For the sixth year in a row, the overall prize pool generated has topped $100 million. Harrah's feels quite positive about the overall results in the face of the weak performance of numerous global currencies and strong international attention on the FIFA World Cup.
Among the highlights of the 41st annual World Series of Poker through Event 55:
· Three of the Top 10 largest events in live poker history have been held at the 2010 WSOP; seven of the largest 15 tournaments also have been held this year
· Largest event, Event #3 ($1,000 No-Limit Hold’em): 4,345 players
· Smallest event, Event #19 ($10,000 Deuce to Seven No-Limit Championship): 101 players
· Largest event prize pool, Event #2 ($50,000 Poker Players Championship): $5,568,000
· Largest first place prize, Event #2 ($50,000 Poker Players Championship): $1,559,046
· Average event participation: 1128 (vs. 2009 average of 961)
· Total prize money thus far: $113,948,265 (vs. $107,260,976)
· Youngest winner: Steven Kelly, 21, who won Event #39 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout)
· Oldest winner: Harold Angle, 78, who won the largest-ever Seniors tournament (3,142 players)
Having watched the proceedings online and my first couple days in Vegas, the numbers can be a bit deceiving. Some events grew, while other significant big buy in events were down. The new layout of tournament rooms and tables makes it more challenging to compare the crowds playing and watching from previous years. It will be interesting to see how many turn out for the marquis Main Event.