There was more money, more people, and the biggest World Series of Poker ever

There was more money, more people, and the biggest World Series of Poker ever

Now that the chairs are stacked, tables are folded, and the dust is settled on the I-15 out of Vegas, we can look back at the World Series of Poker and make some conclusions.

The fact that the headlines claiming that poker isn’t dead continue to be correct is the most satisfying. The turnout for the 2021 World Series of Poker seems to have been more than just demand spending. The World Series of Poker seems to have picked up where it left off last year.

There is a smoothly rising slope to be drawn through the Main event attendance numbers from about 2015 to this year if you pretend that 2020 and 2021 never happened. The second biggest in the history of the series was the Main event in 2022. If the trend continues, there is a good chance that 2023 will be the biggest.

It’s the biggest game of the year

While the flagship tournament may have fallen just shy of being the largest edition of the Main Event ever, in several other ways it did set records.

The biggest year on record when it comes to cash prizes used to be 2019. The players were paid $293 million in 2019. A general increase in the game’s popularity was reflected in this number, but part of it was due to a steadily increasing number of side events. The previous record was broken by around $50 million.

A total of $333 million was paid out in prizes at this year’s World Series of Poker. The increase in attendance numbers was the main reason for this. The number of entrants in this year’s tournament was the largest on record.

The number of entries buying into tournaments at the World Series of Poker was the largest on record before September this year. There were more than 200,000 entries bought and paid for this year.

There are a lot of big numbers

The number of events seems to have been stabilizing.

There were 88 live bracelet events this year, with 13 online bracelets for players on the World Series of Poker. There were sixteen bracelets awarded earlier in the year on the Pennsylvania and Michigan editions of the app.

The average tournament prize pool was around $3.5 million, with the vast majority of live events having $1 million or more in the prize pool, according to statistics from Pokerfuse. 25 players became millionaires from their cashes at the World Series of Poker this year.

There is hope that the new set of records will smash the old ones at the World Series of Poker.

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The 2022 World Series of Poker was the second-biggest in the series’ history with a total prize pool of $333,362,004. This is around $50 million more than the 2019 World Series of Poker, which had a prize pool of $293,183,345 plus rake. This year saw the largest number of tournament entries of any ever, with 198,429 entries bought and paid for.