WSOP Main Event Day 1D: Second-biggest WSOP in the making

wsop2010_thn.jpgThe final numbers of the 2010 WSOP have just come across the wire and we're officially looking at the second-biggest World Series of Poker in history.

The good folks with the abacus at the WSOP have crunched their numbers and have delivered these vital statistics that every player with chips should pay some heed.

Total number of registered players: 7,319
Total prize pool: $68,798,600
First place money: $8,944,138

The only WSOP main event to pull bigger numbers was the 2006 WSOP. It drew 8,773 players.

Not only will this year's winner win more than Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada did in 2009, according to the WSOP, this years winner will pocket more than the combined first place winners in the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, U.S. Open (golf) and U.S. Open (tennis).

This year's field is made up of players from 117 different counties.

Here's how the WSOP has fared since the 2003 Moneymaker boom.

2003: 839 players
2004: 2,576 players
2005: 5,619 players
2006: 8,773 players
2007: 6,358 players
2008: 6,844 players
2009: 6,494 players

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THE WSOP SNUGGIES: A PHOTO ESSAY OF THE HOUR BY JOE GIRON

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Unfortunately positioned beneath an air-conditioning outlet in the Pavilion Room, the occupants of table 63 ordered a round of Snuggies to keep them warm on day 1D of the World Series Main Event

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Ever brand-loyal, the PokerStars player Bryan O'Shea (far right) attached his patch to the outside of his Snuggie

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After one player was eliminated from the table, he left his Snuggie behind for the next player moved to his empty seat. His former table-mates waited until the seat was filled...

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...and Lee Morgan was only too happy to pull on his new apparel.

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STATISTICS OF THE HOUR

Number of dealers running in the back door of the Rio at 5:01pm to make their 5:00pm shift: 5
Number of times one dealer used the f-bomb to describe the traffic situation in Las Vegas: 7
Number of times the President of the United States was blamed for said traffic problem: 2
Number of U.S. Presidents currently in Las Vegas: 1

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OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR

"Tell that to anyone who says pocket pairs are important."

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COMPLIMENT OF THE HOUR

"Nice hand." --Phil Ivey to PokerStars qualifier Lisa Monura who flopped a set of sixes to his declared pocket kings on a board that eventually read 6♠7♣8♦5♥T♦.