Players don’t seem to mind the tweaked format of the year’s WSOP Main Event. The world championship event drew the 2nd most entrants in the history, with 7,874 players paying the $10,000 entry fee before registration closed at around 7 p.m. tonight at the Rio. The eventual winner will claim $8.8 million, the fifth largest prize within the history of the tournament.
And they will earn it faster than any champion within the last decade, as the Main Event will have out daily though its July 14 finale without any pauses in the action. The new schedule is at stark contrast to merely a couple of years ago, once the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even a year ago once the “November Nine” was ditched after having a nine-year run, the finalists received 1 day off.
Some wondered how players would respond to the alteration, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t have negative impact. Entries were up from a year ago in each one of the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players signing up 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. An archive 1,181 players is likely to make the money, 15 % from the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to make the last table will earn a minimum of $1 million.
The tournament could easily get to the money once 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 every day leading as much as the final table, that will be shown in their entirety. Television considerations were area of the basis for this year’s quicker conclusion. The alteration may have worked for anyone, or at best didn’t deter any players from entering. Today, Card Central and ESPN announced their preliminary live coverage agenda for the WSOP game free chips Main Event and large One for One Drop. The greatest tournament of the season will spot start to finish everyday coverage from July 2nd with the 14th, in addition to $one thousand,000 Big One for starters Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. Furthermore, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t on ESPN.
A year ago, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were quite strong throughout the WSOP Main Event. This coming year, we’re doubling down on live coverage in the WSOP by adding the Big 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 features a long-running relationship with all the WSOP, and that we are usually searching for ways to bring viewers by far the most preeminent coverage. By doubling upon our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re likely to bring fans and viewers even even closer to the sport’s biggest events coming from all aspects and angles.” This year’s partnership between ESPN and Card Central includes at the very least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage and an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN will continue through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Card Central still boost the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences around the world. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and also this year’s offering delivers on that in spades,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP.