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WSOP update through 81 events

11 July 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The WSOP Main Event continues to whittle down the field and some interesting things are happening as a result. Here’s the latest from the record-breaking 50th Annual World Series of Poker.

Entering Day 6 play today, there are 106 players remaining. Play is expected to go from 12 noon to 2 a.m. today and the field is expected to end with the final three tables of players, each vying for the $10 million first place prize.

The Patriots Keep Winning: Three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour has a track record of winning, claiming three Super Bowl titles as a member of the New England Patriots during his terrific career that included seven Pro Bowls as one of the best defensive tackles in the game. He has recently taken up poker and is competing in the “Super Bowl of Poker Tournaments” in the World Series of Poker Main Event. And just like his football career, he is succeeding on the green felt of the poker table. Seymour has now become the major professional athlete with the best finish ever in this tournament’s 50-year history. By finishing in 131st place and winning $59,295, Seymour surpasses NASCAR driver Jason White’s 348th place finish in 2014. Prior to that, NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo’s 634th place finish in 2012 held the record. The WSOP Main Event is a $10,000 buy-in poker tournament, this year with 8,569 entries creating a $80,548,600 prize pool. The top 15% of the field divvy up the prize money with the winner’s share $10 million.

Girl Power: Kudos to the women’s U.S. soccer team on capturing the World Cup this week. It seems like women’s soccer has never been more popular. The same can be said for women’s poker. The Ladies Championship this year featured 968 entrants, an eight-year high and up 39% over 2018. The WSOP Main Event has seen a 39 % increase in female participants over the last five years, and was up 16% this year alone. Here is the number of women who competed in the WSOP Main Event the past five years:
  • 2019 - 350
  • 2018 - 301
  • 2017 - 272
  • 2016 - 268
  • 2015 - 252
ABC Poker – Anderson-Burkhart-Cain: In the 2018 WSOP Ladies championship, Danielle Andersen, Jacqueline Burkhart and Tara Cain each finished in the Top 10 in that tournament, a very nice result. For the WSOP Main Event this year, all three of these ladies were among the various chip leaders at points as well and each finished with prize money in the richest tournament of the year. Andersen cashed in the Main Event in 2017, finishing in 402nd place and this year she managed to improve on that, finishing in 301st place for $38,240. Burkhart, who cashed in the Mini Main event that was held last week, cashed in this tournament for the first time, finishing in 336th place for $38,240. Cain, who finished second in Event 68 ten days ago, also cashed in the Main Event for the first time, ultimately finishing as the best of the three in 219th place for $50,855.

A Dozen More Millionaires: With the Main Event and its huge $80 million+ prize pool, the final nine players will each walk away a millionaire. The winner gets $10 million, while the runner-up gets $6 million and third place gets $4 million. The rest of the final table also receives at least a seven-figure score. But those weren’t the only events awarding million-dollar prizes, as the winner of Event #90, Hong Kong’s Danny Tang claimed $1,608,406 for topping the Final Fifty High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event. In addition, the $100,000 buy-in High Roller is expected to see two or three finalists also notch $1 million or more. That will makes 20-21 different players each winning a prize worth $1 million or more at this year’s World Series of Poker.

Started from the Bottom: Kelly Minkin, the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event last year and in 2015 (meaning she had the best result of any female in the tournament), had her third Main Event cash in the last five years, finishing in 595th place for $24,560. Minkin, 32, a lawyer by trade (after ditching plans to become a surgeon), is one impressive woman. The Tucson, Arizona native graduated the University of Arizona with a dual major in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has filled her competitive nature and desire to always keep learning and improving by taking up poker, and her results are impressive. In just six years, she’s won more than $630,000 in WSOP events, cashing 33 times. Honored with Shuffle Up and Deal on July 8 (the “Shuffle Up and Deal” phrase to dealers, gets the tournament started), Minkin even belted out a little rap to the audience. Just saying Drake, watch your back. Congratulations are also in order for Aurora, Illinois’ Jill Bryant who became this year’s Last Woman Standing, finishing in 116th place for $59,295, the third of three cashes she has had this summer.

Through 81 events (of 90) at this year’s WSOP at the Rio, here is where the key metrics stand:
  • 177,750 entries – 43.5% above last year (123,865). (All-time record)
  • $266,739,945 in prize money awarded – $149,248 shy of all-time record set last year
  • 26,680 places paid – Up 47.3%; (All-time record)
  • 56 -- $1 million+ prize pools – all-time record
  • 28 -- $2 million+ prize pools – all-time record
  • 11 -- $5 million+ prize pools – all-time record
  • 3 -- $10 million+ prize pools
  • 1 -- $80 million + prize pool – 2nd largest in history
  • 12 – Events with 5,000 or more entrants (Event 3, 9, 19, 32, 34, 50, 59, 61, 64, 69, 73 & 75) – New record
  • 4 – Events reaching Top 10 field sizes all-time (Event 3 (1st); Event 61 (4th), Event 64 (7th) & Event 19 (10th)
  • 1 – Largest $500 buy-in event in history (Event #3, Big 50, 28,371 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $400 buy-in event in history (Event 61, Colossus No-Limit Hold’em, 13,109 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $1,500 buy-in event (Event #19, Millionaire Maker, 8,809 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $600 buy-in event in history (Event #9, Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em, 6,150 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $800 buy-in event in history (Event 53, 8-Handed Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em, 3,759 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $888 buy-in event in history (Event 64, Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em, 10,185 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $1,000 buy-in tournament in history (Event #34, Double Stack, 6,214 entries)
  • 52 – # of different countries that have captured a WSOP Gold Bracelet in history with El Salvador the latest. In 2019 thus far, 19 different countries have done so, with Hong Kong the latest.

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