WSOP 2017: A statistical overview of this year's World Series
Only three more days are left in the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP). It's been a marathon, but the finishing line is now in sight.
This year's WSOP began on Wednesday May 31st with the $500 Casino Employees' Event and will conclude on Saturday, July 22 when the last three in the Main Event return to play to a winner. The final table make-up was decided late last night in Las Vegas, and one of the following will be taking home the $8.15 million first prize.
Ahead of that, here's a look at some of the other most pertinent stats from the entire series, including the Main Event. (With thanks to WSOP.com)
THE 2017 WORLD SERIES OF POKER
For the first time in WSOP history, the series attracted more than 120,000 entries across 74 events. In total, 120,995 entries were recorded this summer, and there were 16,814 prizes handed out.
The average field size was 1,635 players.
Total prize pool across the entire series was another record: $231,010,874. It was the fifth time in WSOP history that more than $200 million had been handed out in prize money, and a 4.4 percent increase on last year's $221,211,336.
The running total for prize-money at the WSOP now stands at $2,732,754,201, through 48 renewals.
Players represented 111 countries at this year's WSOP--more than half the countries in the world. Bracelet winners came from 15 countries--a number that could rise to 16 if either of France's Ben Pollak or Antoine Saout triumphs in the Main Event.
Event #18, the $565 pot-limit Omaha tournament, boasted the largest ever field for a non-Texas hold'em event. It attracted 3,186 entries.
The One Drop High Roller tournament and the Little on for One Drop raised a combined $992,841 for the One Drop charity.
THE MAIN EVENT
The $10,000 Main Event attracted the third largest field in its history when 7,221 players took their seats across three starting flights. It represented a 7.2 percent increase on last year.
Day 1C attracted 4,262 entries, the largest single flight in WSOP Main Event history.
The Main Event produced the largest prize-pool of the series ($67,877,700) and the largest first-place prize ($8,150,000).
Alex Conklin, from Webster, New York, played Day 1B of the Main Event on his 21st birthday, making him the tournament's youngest participant. He finished in 578th place for $22,449.
William Wachter, from Carmel, New York, was the oldest participant in the Main Event for the fifth consecutive year. Watcher is 96. This year, he was eliminated before the money, but is the oldest ever player to cash in the Main Event. He finished in 524th place for $19,500 in 2015 at the age of 94 years old.
John Racener, the 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up, and Chris Ferguson, the 2000 Main Event champion, both cashed 17 times--jointly setting a new mark for most in-the-money finishes in a single summer. Racener won one bracelet. Ferguson won the WSOP Player of the Year title.
Daniel Negreanu recorded his 100th WSOP in-the-money finish at this year's series. He went on to cash 11 times and has now cashed 105 times in WSOP events.
Phil Hellmuth tops three all-time WSOP leader boards: most bracelets won (14), most in-the-money finishes (126) and most final table appearances (54). He did not win a bracelet in 2017 but cashed seven times and made one final table.
David Bach and Nipun Java each won two bracelets in 2017, the only two players to win more than one. Bach won the $10,000 HORSE tournament and the $1,500 Dealer's Choice event. Java was a part of the team that won the $1,000 tag team event and the $1,000 online event.
WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.