by Joseph Smith Sr.
Most important fact coming out of the 2014 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this summer? The increase in the number of entries of the 2014 Main Event at 6,683 making it the fifth largest Poker World Championship field of all-time and the largest seated combine of players since the 2010 Main Event attracted 7,319.
Some of the credit for the demonstrated growth in the latest WSOP summer meet must be attributed to the recent positive events surrounding the legalization of online poker rooms. While this trend towards legitimacy is a small step when compared to the popularity poker enjoyed during the 2004-2006 era it is a giant step for the poker industry.
There is no better barometer of poker's rise as the world's favorite game than the WSOP. Throughout its 45 year history the World Series of Poker is the one that every poker player dreams of winning. For many of poker's faithful just being able to say, “I played in the WSOP,” is more than reason enough to make the trek to Las Vegas and 2014 saw record numbers come to live the dream.
The following records from 2014 are now a point of fact in the WSOP history book:
Largest single day attendance at 7,977 in Event #8 $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker
Largest non-Hold'em event at 1,128 in Event #3 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Largest Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 1,036 in Event #14 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Largest Seniors Event at 4,425 players in Event #17 $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
Largest Prize Pool for $1,000 Buy-in at $3,982,500 in Event #17 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
Most Players for non-re-entry at 7,862 in Event #51 $1,500 Monster Stack
Largest Field for non-Hold'em $10K buy-in at 418 in Event 64 Pot-Limit Omaha
Most Events with $1 million+ winner's prize at 5 (events #8, #46, #51, #57, #65)
Most Events with $10 million+ prize pools at 4 (events #8, #51, #57, #65)
Largest Main Event starting flight at 3,768 players on Day 1C
We will continue to offer WSOP facts, figures, records and tall tales in future articles so stay tuned.Submitted by ppnadmin on August 6, 2014 - 8:25pm