Players don’t appear to mind the tweaked format of this year’s WSOP Main Event. The world championship event drew the second most entrants in the history, with 7,874 players paying the $ten thousand 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 she or he will earn it faster than any champion in the last decade, as the Main Event will have out daily though its July 14 finale without the pauses inside the action. The newest schedule is at stark contrast to merely a couple of years ago, when the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even last year once the “November Nine” was ditched following a nine-year run, the finalists received one day off.
Some wondered how players would react to the alteration, however the final numbers indicate it didn’t have any negative impact. Entries were up from this past year in each one of the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players enrolling on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It had been the largest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the total prize pool as much as $74,015,600. A record 1,181 players will make the money, 15 % in the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to create the ultimate table will earn at least $1 million.
The tournament might get to the money once early as Saturday night, during Day 3 of play. That’s the first day fields is going to be combined, as tomorrow’s Day 2 action will feature each of the players who survived Monday and Tuesday while Friday’s session sees the return of Day 1C players.
ESPN or ESPN2 will air at the very least three hours of coverage each day leading up to the final table, which will be shown in the entirety. Television considerations were portion of the basis for this year’s quicker conclusion. The alteration may have worked for everybody, or at best didn’t deter any players from entering. Today, Card Central and ESPN announced their preliminary live coverage agenda for the WSOP app Main Event and large One for just one Drop. The biggest tournament of the season will spot start to finish everyday coverage from July 2nd with the 14th, in addition to $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. Additionally, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t available on ESPN.
This past year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event. This coming year, we’re doubling on live coverage of the WSOP with the addition of the large One for just 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 with all the WSOP, and that we are usually searching for ways to bring viewers by far the most preeminent coverage. By doubling on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers 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 plus an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN continues through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Card Central continue to increase the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences throughout 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.