Half of the 2013 World Series of Poker is already behind, which has every chance of becoming the largest poker festival in history, breaking its own records of previous years.
According to the results of 31 tournaments (that is, at the time of the equator of the series), 40,039 players took part in the championship, which is 27% more than the number of participants in the previous year. The total amount of cash prizes increased by 10%: from $ 49,095,775 to $ 54,109,710. However, it should be borne in mind that this year's schedule does not copy the tournaments program of previous years, so some differences can be attributed to these changes.
In terms of every single event, the World Series of Poker is slightly behind the record 2011 this year. Now the average number of participants in one tournament is 1,292 people, whereas in 2011, each tournament had an average of 1,342 players. However, this year's performance is much higher than that of 2012, when an average of 1,015 players participated in one tournament.
By the equatorial moment, players from 59 countries were represented in the series. Only four countries - USA, Canada, UK and Belgium - have presented the already crowned champions.
Millionaire Maker Records
The 2013 World Series of Poker's all-star event was Event # 6, a $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, better known as the "Millionaire Maker", which broke six records at once.
• Largest tournament in history besides WSOP Main Event - 6,343 players
• Largest field of players in a re-entry tournament - 6,343 players
• The maximum number of single registrations for a WSOP tournament excluding Main Event is 5,044
• Biggest payout for a $ 1,500 buy-in tournament - $ 1,199,104 (won by winner Benny Chen)
• Largest field of players in successive tournaments - 8 180 players in Event # 6 and Event # 7
• The largest number of participants registered in one day - 7,417 (June 1)
The last record should have even more players. The popular Daily Deepstacks tournament was canceled due to the jam-packed Rio casino. The Daily Deepstacks are low buy-in tournaments that last one day and start at 15:00, 18:00 and 22:00.
By the end of the first half of the 2013 WSOP, 77,243 players had participated in all World Series events, including bracelet events, satellites, the Daily Deepstacks and the Carnivale of Poker Festival.
“It's a truly amazing feeling to witness the WSOP play out this year,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. "We thank all the players for their patience and look forward to welcoming more players who want to play at the 2013 WSOP."
Records were also set by some players. Benny Chen won the biggest first place prize in the $ 1,500 buy-in tournament. Dan "djk123" Kelly is also competing for the record, with eight cashes by mid-streak.
And finally, Ken Lindh, who beat 4,406 players to win the biggest Seniors Event ever at the WSOP. This is the only tournament in which he took part. He received $ 634,809 for the win. Considering the $ 1,000 buy-in, this is the best return on investment at the World Series of Poker to date.