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A total of 6,650 players entered the 2021 WSOP main event, which began on November 4th. With these figures, it ranks as the 10th biggest championship in history, ahead of the 2012 Main Event (6,598 entrants) and just behind the 2014 Big Dance (6,683 entrants). This year has also picked up the pace from the 1,379 entries recorded at last year’s main event, which was affected by the pandemic.
The Returning Nine Players
According to the latest reporting for day 8 of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event championship, the returning nine players for the final table include Koray Aldemir at the lead with a 140,000,000 chip count. Meanwhile, George Holmes sits in second place with 83,700,000 chips. PokerStars ambassador Alejandro Lococo is third with 46,800,000, while Joshua Remitio is at 40,000,000. Jack Oliver and Ozgur Secilmis are fifth and sixth with 34,000,000 and 24,500,000, respectively. Rounding off the leaderboard of big prize winners are Hye Park (13,500,000), Chase Bianchi (12,100,000), and Jareth East (8,300,000).
A Bigger Success than Expected
The number of entries given the post-pandemic conditions proves that the 2021 WSOP Main Event will go down as a success. Organizers and players have had to overcome several restrictions, travel bans, and other safety protocols around setting up the event and the subsequent attendance. Considering these setbacks, the attendance figures have surpassed expectations.
Although the number of entries breaks a four-year run of gains, the latest total is significantly higher than anything recorded at the WSOP before Chris Moneymaker won in 2003. It’s also better than seven other Main Events since then.
Several familiar names also bought into the championship, including 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker.
Big Prizes to Be Won
The 6,650 entries stacked up a $62 million prize pool, and 1000 players will be getting a share of the loot. The winner of the poker tournament will get the WSOP bracelet alongside an $8 million prize. Players coming in 2nd to 9th place will also take home prizes above the $1 million mark in the following order:
9th place - $1 million
8th place - $1.1 million
7th place - $1.225 million
6th place - $1.4 million
5th place - $1.8 million
4th place - $2.3 million
3rd place - $3 million
2nd place - $4.3 million
1st place - $8 million
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