WSOP 2013: Entries down, but monster first prize remains

As registration closed today at the WSOP, the writing was pretty much on the wall. The Day 1C field was big as expected, but not big enough to push the final entry numbers anywhere close to what some folks had hoped.

When the auditors issued their final count, the total number of main event entires rested at 6,352, the lowest number since the UIGEA passed in late 2006. No one here expected a field anywhere close to those heady days seven years ago, but WSOP organizers had initially set their hopes on 7,000 players. There are reasons for the downturn, and they will be discussed ad nauseum. There will be a time for a post mortem, but there's no time for it now, because ultimately the prize pool is worth $59,708,800, and someone is going to win $8,359,531, a prize that would make any sportsman in any game in the world salivate.

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The top 648 players in this event will walk away with money. Here's what the payout structure looks like.

1st -- $8,359,531
2nd -- $5,173,170
3rd -- $3,727,023
4th -- $2,791,983
5th -- $2,106,526
6th -- $1,600,792
7th -- $1,225,224
8th -- $944,593
9th -- $733,224
10th-12th -- $573,204
13th-15th -- $451,398
16th-18th -- $357,655
19th-27th -- $285,408
28th-36th -- $229,281
37th-45th -- $185,694
46th-54th -- $151,063
55th-63rd -- $123,597
64th-72nd -- $102,102
73rd-81st -- $84,786
82nd-90th -- $71,053
91st-99th -- $59,708
100th-162nd -- $50,752
163rd-225th -- $42,990
226th-288th -- $37,019
289th-360th -- $32,242
361st-432nd -- $28,063
433rd-504th -- $24,480
505th-576th -- $21,495
577th-648th -- $19,106

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photos courtesy Poker Photo Archive.