Sarah Herring has the latest from the most prestigious poker event in the world. July 8th update sponsored by Global Poker, the home of online poker in America.
Day 3 of the Main event, made even more unique this year because we now have the official numbers in from the WSOP. There number of entries totaled 8,569 which makes it the 2nd largest Main Event since 2006! Or as I like to call it, the biggest main event since the official poker boom. That is a 9% increase folks, so not only is poker not dead, it is thriving! The Final Table payouts are beautiful if you ask me. A solid 10 million dollars if you become the 2019 champion, but you will become a millionaire just by making the Final Table. Although we all know that is no easy feat. The clock right now says there are about 2700 players left at the moment and with 1,286 getting paid, per the usual we are likely to make the money today.
The average age of the players in this years main event was 41.46 years old.
Female participation is up 16% percent this year so we might need the gender neutral bathroom back at some point. 87 unique countries were represented which proves that nothing brings people together like poker.
Video from Joey Ingram Twitter: courtesy of (VIDEO – @blattsmullet @chanian)
And after he left, or more appropriately was escorted out of the Rio, he kept it going at the Luxor.
That video courtesy of: @JGBrown22
There are still a ton of players still in the Main Event including Kelly Minkin who did todays shuffle up and deal. Other players with enviable stacks include six time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro, Andrew Brokos, Dario Sammartino, Galen Hall and Igor Kurganov. Player who will not be returning to the granddaddy of them all include our very own Sasha Salinger, Fedor Holz, Rock Saloman, Matt Berkey, Phil Hellmuth who bluffed most of it off and then negged his opponent but then owned it on Twitter in true Phil fashion. Love him or hate him, at least he’s consistent.
My girl Jamie Kerstetter busto as well but that means she will be there for the PokerNews podcast family tournament tonight at planet Hollywood at 7pm! Be there.
Continuing the summer of pros without bracelets, that should probably have one Shawn “bucky21” Buchanan shipped Event #76 $800 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em 6-max, winning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and a first-place prize of $223,119. After a little over 11 hours, Buchanan bested an online field of,one thousand five hundred and sixty players, and came out on top after beating two-time WSOP bracelet champion David “Youngpitts” Baker heads up.
The Little One for One Drop has its third day 1 today and with unlimited re-entry this is sure be an enticing prize pool especially for those who have had their hearts broken after busting the main. More than 2,200 players registered for Day 1a and 1b of this event, with 758 surviving and advancing to Day 2 so far. My boy Jeff Platt will be returning as well as Mike Sexton, Valentin Vornicu and David ODB Baker.
The Final Fifty, or as I like to call it, the “final fofty” is kicking off today and we expect to see all of pokers high rollers show up for that. Fortunately most of them busted the main already so it should be a stacked field.
Of course PokerNews will be there every step of the way for every tournament so be sure to stay with us here on pokernews.com as your best source for poker news from the 50th annual World Series of Poker.