WSOP 2012: All the numbers fit to print (and one that's not)

wsop-130x100.pngAt the dinner break tonight, the number crunchers from the World Series of Poker released the figures everyone had been waiting to see: the total number of entrants, the prize pool, and the first place prize.

Over the past seven weeks, the WSOP broke some big records, but when it came to the Main Event, numbers were, as expected, a bit down from last year.

Here are the final stats for the Main Event.

  • Total entries: 6,598
  • Day 1A: 1,066
  • DAY 1B: 2,114
  • DAY 1C: 3,418 (a single-day record for Main Event entries)
  • Total prize pool: $62,021,200
  • First place prize: $8,527,982
  • Places paid: 666 (Said reporter Remko Rinkema: " And in 2012. You just can't make this up!")

    Looking back over the past several summers, this is the second year in a row that the Main Event numbers have fallen off. This year's Main Event is 267 players light compared to 2011's 6,865-strong field. While that might be a bit disappointing, this year's championship is the fifth largest WSOP Main Event in history.


    While Main Event numbers were down again, the WSOP has found some big figures on which to hang its hat. Over the course of the 61 events, the Series racked up $222,035,192 in prize money, the biggest amount in the history of the WSOP, and the second straight year the total prize pool eclipsed the $200 million mark. So, while the poker economy might not be exploding in the $10,000 events, there's still lots of money out there. And when it comes down to it, somebody is going to win more than $8 million bucks when this whole thing is over. Not bad for a couple of weeks work.



    Randy Lew - 79,000
    Fredy Torres - 66,000
    Lex Veldhuis - 52,000
    Joe Cada - 45,000
    Juan Manuel Pastor - 37,000
    Christophe de Meulder - 32,000
    Humberto Brenes - 32,000
    Arnaud Mattern - 32,000
    Ana Marquez - 30,000
    George Lind - 28,000
    Leo Fernandez - 27,000
    Viktor Blom - 25,500
    Andre Akkari - 25,200
    Marcel Luske - 23,000
    Chris Moneymaker - 18,500
    Dario Minieri - 15,000
    Angel Guillen - 13,500
    Jonathan Duhamel - 12,600
    Jason Mercier - 12,100


    Daniel Negreanu: "6,598 entries in the 2012 WSOP and 666 get paid. 666. I would have made it 667 just to avoid the heebie jeebies."