Players don’t appear to mind the tweaked format of the year’s WSOP Main Event. The world championship event drew the second most entrants in its history, with 7,874 players paying the $10,000 entry fee before registration closed at about 7 p.m. tonight at the Rio. The eventual winner will claim $8.8 million, the fifth largest prize in the history of the tournament.
And she or he will earn it faster than any champion within the last decade, because the Main Event can play out daily though its July 14 finale with no pauses within the action. The newest schedule is within stark contrast to only a couple of years ago, if the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even this past year when the “November Nine” was ditched after a nine-year run, the finalists received 1 day off.
Some wondered how players would respond to the change, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t have negative impact. Entries were up from last year in each of the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players registering on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It absolutely was the greatest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the complete prize pool approximately $74,015,600. A record 1,181 players will make the money, 15 percent of the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to create the ultimate table will earn at the very least $1 million.
The tournament could get into the money as soon as early as Saturday night, during Day 3 of play. That’s the very first day fields is going to be combined, as tomorrow’s Day 2 action will feature all of the players who survived Monday and Tuesday while Friday’s session sees the return of Day 1C players.
ESPN or ESPN2 will air a minimum of three hours of coverage each day leading approximately the ultimate table, which is shown in the entirety. Television considerations were part of the basis for this year’s quicker conclusion. The change appears to have worked for everyone, or at best didn’t deter any players from entering. Today, Card Central and ESPN announced their preliminary live coverage agenda for the play WSOP Main Event and large One for just one Drop. The greatest tournament of year will discover beginning to end everyday coverage from July 2nd from the 14th, in addition to $one thousand,000 Big One for just one Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. Additionally, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t seen on ESPN.
This past year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were quite strong throughout the WSOP Main Event. This season, we’re doubling down on live coverage from the WSOP with the help of the major One for One Drop and bringing bzemis more live Card to fans worldwide,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Card Central.
ESPN senior director Programming & Acquisitions Doug White said, “ESPN includes a long-running relationship using the WSOP, so we are usually looking for ways to bring viewers probably the most preeminent coverage. By doubling upon our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.” This year’s partnership between ESPN and Card Central includes at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage plus an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN continue through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Card Central carry on and raise the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences around the world. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage which year’s offering delivers on that in spades,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP.