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Records Set to Fall at 2019 WSOP

With 35 tournaments in the books, the 2019 World Series of Poker is primed to shatter some long-standing records for Caesars Entertainment.

The series has already attracted 83,054 entries, which is more than any WSOP that took place from 1970 to 2004. It’s especially impressive considering we haven’t even reached the midway point of the 80-tournament schedule.

Another record that looks ready to fall is the overall number of places paid. The record was established last year with 18,105 places paid. This year’s WSOP is already up to 12,820 and there’s plenty more action to come.

It helps that the $500 buy-in Big 50 attracted 28,371 entries to become the biggest tournament in history. Eventual winner Femi Fashakin took down a staggering $1.1 million, which represented a massive return on his $500 investment.

The Big 50 wasn’t the only tournament to shatter records for its buy-in level, however. The Millionaire Maker attracted 8,809 to become the biggest $1,500 buy-in tournament in history and the No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack tournament drew 6,214 to become the biggest $1,000 buy-in tournament.

Perhaps the only thing missing from this year’s WSOP thus far is any bracelet wins by big-name players such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey or Phil Hellmuth. Legendary Floridian poker pro Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi did take down his fifth bracelet, however.

Here’s a look at some of the other notable stats from this year’s WSOP:

  • 83,054 entries (through 35 events) – Already more than any WSOP between 1970-2014
  • $82,767,489 in prize money awarded (through 35 events) – Already more than any WSOP between 1970-2004
  • 12,820 places paid (through 35 events) – Record is 18,105 established last year
  • 25 – $1 million+ prize pools
  • 12 – $2 million+ prize pools
  • 5 –  $5 million+ prize pools
  • 2 – $10 million+ prize pools
  • 5 – Events with 5,000 or more entrants (Event 3, 9, 19, 32 and 34)
  • 2 – Events reaching the top 10 in terms of field sizes all-time (Event 3, 1st, and Event 19, 8th)
  • 1 – Largest $500 buy-in tournament in history (Event 3, Big 50, 28,371 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $1,500 buy-in tournament in history (Event 19, Millionaire Maker, 8,809 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $600 buy-in tournament in history (Event 9, Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em, 6,150 entries)
  • 1 – Largest $1,000 buy-in tournament in history (Event 34, Double Stack, 6,214 entries)
  • 50 – Number of different countries represented by WSOP gold bracelet winners, with Nigeria being the latest

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