WSOP Attendance Up 25% in 2015 to 103,512


Due in part to the Colossus, a $565 buy-in tournament that fetched a field of 22,374 entrants, attendance at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was up 25% to 103,512 this year. That number represents a new all-time high for the annual tournament series.

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The 2015 WSOP attracted players from 111 different countries, with 11,638 people receiving prize money. There was $210.3 million given out, the third highest total in WSOP history behind the two years that the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop was held.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a press release, “2015 was a ‘colossal’ success thanks to the players and their continued passion for the World Series of Poker and 2016 will be even better. It’s a new era at the WSOP and we hope it is clear that all poker enthusiasts are welcome here.”

For the 11th straight year, the WSOP generated a total prize pool that passed $100 million and for only the third time ever, the purse topped $200 million. Over the series’ 46 years, over $2.2 billion has been awarded.

The average age for a WSOP entrant this year was 41.04, while the average first place prize was $558,000. Males made up almost 95% of the field. Here were the number of entrants broken out by the top 10 countries:

1. United States – 82,439
2. Canada – 4,871
3. United Kingdom – 3,466
4. France – 1,236
5. Russia – 1,150
6. Brazil – 1,077
7. Germany – 1,040
8. Australia – 778
9. Italy – 674
10. Austria – 537

This year’s $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event attracted the largest non-Hold’em field ever at 1,293 entrants. The largest Triple Draw field ever (388) turned out for a $1,500 event won by Benny Glaser of the United Kingdom. Similarly, the largest Razz field ever assembled (462) came out for this year’s $1,500 event won by Max Pescatori (pictured).

Six WSOP events offered up a seven-figure first place prize, the most ever. And as fans of the Main Event know, Day 1C this year had the largest starting flight ever for that tournament at 3,693 entrants for a total field of 6,420.

The Main Event is down to its 2015 WSOP November Nine, a group that features six Americans. The live final table will take place from November 8 to 10 and be shown on ESPN’s family of networks. The winner gets $7.6 million, while everyone remaining is guaranteed at least $1 million. Here’s how the chip stacks and prizes look:

1. Joseph dude904 McKeehen – 63,100,000
2. Zvi Stern – 29,800,000
3. Neil Blumenfield – 22,000,000
4. Pierre Neuville – 21,075,000
5. Max Steinberg – 20,200,000
6. Thomas Cannuli – 12,250,000
7. Joshua asdf26 Beckley – 11,800,000
8. Patrick Chan – 6,225,000
9. Federico Butteroni – 6,200,000

1st Place: $7,680,021
2nd Place: $4,469,171
3rd Place: $3,397,103
4th Place: $2,614,558
5th Place: $1,910,971
6th Place: $1,426,072
7th Place: $1,203,193
8th Place: $1,097,009
9th Place: $1,001,020

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