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2011 WSOP by the Numbers

2011 WSOP by the Numbers

Fears that the 2011 WSOP might be a bust after Black Friday have proven to be all for naught, as the series is past the halfway point and attendance has been strong with gains in many events over 2010. Whether or not the good showing will extend to the $10,000 Main Event that wraps up the WSOP each year remains to be seen, but all sign so far are positive.

The WSOP has become an increasingly important revenue generator for owner Caesars Entertainment, especially with US casinos still struggling with a sluggish economy and an overabundance of casinos and hotels that sprang up during the property boom of the early to mid 2000s.

Phil Ivey suing online poker site Full Tilt may have captured the headlines at the start of the 2011 WSOP but it's Phil Hellmuth that's captured the attention once play began, twice coming within a whisker of winning his record 12th bracelet but finishing runner-up each time.

Event #29 marked the halfway point of the 58 tournament that make up the 2011 WSOP, and so far more than $52 million in cash has been awarded to top finishers this year. Almost 30,000 players have taken to the tables so far, with all 50 US states represented and players from 74 different countries taking their shot at poker glory and riches.

No players has won more than one bracelet so far, with Sam Stein coming the closest with one bracelet and a third place finish in another. Maria Ho leads the way for female players, with a runner-up finish in a $5,000 NLHE event that netted her $540,020.

Tom Dwan has entered the most events (26) but so far just has a cash in the very first event he played to show for his efforts. Shannon Shorr is next with 22 events under his belt, with only one small cash of about $5,000 to his credit so far.


21-Jun-2011, 07:34

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