The World Series of Poker Championship Main Event, which is happening in Nevada and New Jersey’s closed liquidity network, has attracted more players than its international version hosted on GGPoker. This $10,000-second official event of WSOP had about 705 players come into its Day 1 freezeout, generating a whopping prize pool of $6,768,000.
Ty Stewart, who directs the World Series of Poker while commenting on the great result, says he thinks that 1,379 players are strong enough to challenge the event’s history going by the current circumstances. He also said the event is a massive step for regulated online poker as he is eager to see who will emerge winner in this world championship.
The number of players that this event attracted is about seven times more than the most extensive tournament guarantee in a regulated market in the US, and its outcome impresses more when compared to the international edition, which drew a bit less than 700 players.
The final table of WSOP.com will hold in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the next two weeks. Aside from the opportunity to win a desirable bracelet and the WSOP brand draw, the tournament has a major attraction. Each tournament’s winner has the opportunity to play others in a live heads-up tournament for a chance to win $1 million prize money.
Poker players by the numbers
The GGPoker edition attracted just 674 players and created a $6.4 million prize pool. The tournament could not rank among this year’s top five on GGPoker. The market size of GGPoker runs into billions, and it is in operation in mostly South America, Europe, and Asia.
No one saw such a massive crowd of players being drawn to this online WSOP event more than the global version. When late registration closed, 705 players had completed the registration, which is above 5% of GGPoker turnout. This version gathered about $6,768,000 prize pool and over $1 million payouts for the top two places.
This figure is overwhelming as the most significant guaranteed prize for any regulated US market poker tournament is $1 million as set by WSOP in the past bracelet events. The prize money is also more significant than the record of a complete guaranteed tournament series in the US during summer, with that of WSOP’s $6 million Championship Series that comes with the series of WSOP Online bracelet.
The World Series of Poker Championship Main Event of 2020 has the turnout of two sites combined. 1,379 players and a $13.2 million prize pool. This is not up to the turnout in the north where 6000 players enter the tournament per year since the year 2005, but it is more than the breakout of 2003 and other Main Events that has happened earlier.
Day 2 of WSOP.com will have players play to a final table while the international edition will happen in Kings Casino, Rozvadov in the Czech Republic. The final of WSOP.com will hold in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the individual winners of each final will gather on December 30 for a Heads Up Championship of $1 million.