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  1. Through the first 46 events of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the total prize pool stands at a three-year high at $85.7 million, while the total number of entrants is at a three-year low of 48,620. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President of Corporate CommunicationsSeth Palansky told PocketFives on Tuesday, "We're tracking very similarly to our record-breaking years on attendance and prize pool that we've had the past two years. The most notable difference this year is all of the $10K events we have. Those tournaments take their toll when looking at entrants, but as you see, typically help grow the total prize pool." Here's how the numbers look for 2012, 2013, and 2014: 2014 through 46 events: 48,620 entrants, $85,776,405 prize pool 2013 through 46 events: 52,546 entrants, $77,419,395 prize pool 2012 through 46 events: 48,689 entrants, $85,630,905 prize pool Still to come this year are the $10,000 Main Event, the $1 million Big One for One Drop that's capped at 56 players, and nine events that have buy-ins of $1,500 or less. As Palansky put it, "It has been a great, great summer thus far with a lot of big, new, and exciting events on the docket. Things are trending up and with $10 million guaranteed first place prize for the Main Event, we are very optimistic that 2014 will finish with a dramatic and historical conclusion." The Big One for One Drop should dramatically affect the total prize pool for 2014, as a sold out field of 56 would mean a total prize pool of nearly $50 million, with the winner potentially walking away with over $20 million. As of one week ago, there were 41 confirmed players. WSOP officials fully expect the event to sell out. The Main Event had 6,352 entrants in 2013, which equated to a prize pool of $59 million. Therefore, the One Drop and Main Event combined could mean more than $110 million in prize money funneled into the 2014 WSOP purse by themselves. Last year, $197 million was awarded across 65 events, the same number that will play out this year. There were 79,471 total entrants one year ago. The first 46 events included seven with a buy-in of $1,000 this year, the same number as last year. Check out our complete WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. 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. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- 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 Special thanks to Tournament Poker Edge, one of the top poker training sites around, for sponsoring our WSOP coverage this year. Please check them out and support one of our close partners. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.

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