WSOP 2011 – A Success

July 14, 2011

More than 100 countries were represented at the 42nd annual installment of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. Across 58 events, a record number of registrants participated at 75,672, making for a total prize pool of $191,999,010—the biggest yet. This is the 7th year that the prize pool totaled more than $100 million, and in the history of the series, $1.4+ billion has been awarded in cash prizes for events.

This year, the series saw amateurs and pros alike, peppered with celebrities and sports figures. The youngest player is from Cocoa, Florida, Logan Deen. His 21st birthday was Day 1-B of the Main Event, so he was just barely old enough to play. On the other end of the spectrum, the oldest competitor in the 2011 WSOP was Ellen Deeb, 91, who also played in the Main Event.

Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director, said, “This summer underscores the appeal of the game and the power of this event. We’re so thankful for all those who came from around the world to demonstrate that poker continues to grow.” He continued, “All across the board at the 2011 WSOP, from our signature gold bracelet events to cash games to satellites and daily tournaments, records were made to be broken.”

Despite speculation that attendance to the Main Event would suffer this year in light of the Black Friday events and those thereafter, this year’s Main Event growth was in line with percentages from past years.

The biggest single event attendance was Event #30, the $1,500 event that say 3,752 players attend. Daytona Beach, Florida’s Tony Cousineau has actually cashed 49 times in the history of the WSOP, including this year, but is yet to win a single event. Brian Rast won two bracelets, and was the only one to do so.

While Phil Hellmuth did not win any bracelets this year, he added to his all-time cashes with 84 (he holds the record for the most WSOP cashes) and final table appearances (43).


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