The 2011 WSOP Main Event Draws a Big Crowd
Early fears that the US government's crackdown on online poker sites in April would impact the attendance of the 2011 WSOP couldn't have been farther from the truth, as the final figures are in and in the end the 2011 edition of the WSOP was one of the most successful ever.
Players from more than 100 nations made the trek to Las Vegas, with a record number of entries (75,672) in the 58 different poker tournaments that make up the WSOP. The total money awarded was just over $190 million, which was the largest overall prizepool in WSOP history.
While attendance was very strong for the 57 events that preceded the $10,000 buy-in Main Event (which is the headline event of the WSOP and considered the unofficial world championship of poker) some still worried that the Main Event turnout would be well below the 7,319 players that turned out in 2010.
When the final numbers were in, the 2011 Main Event clocked in at 6,875 entries -- a very strong turnout given the crackdown on April 15th on online casino and poker sites.
The winner of the 2011 WSOP Main Event will collect $8,711,956, with $64.5 million in total prizemoney handed out to players who are lucky and skilled enough to play their way to the money.
Vegas is best known for its slot machines and roulette tables but it's played host to the WSOP for more than 40 years and is the de facto poker center of the universe, with many top pros living in the area and regularly playing in high stakes cash games at casinos such as the Aria and the Bellagio.