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 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 during the last decade, because the Main Event will play out daily though its July 14 finale without any pauses within the action. The new schedule is at stark contrast to only two years ago, when 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 having a nine-year run, the finalists received some day off.
Some wondered how players would react to the alteration, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t have negative impact. Entries were up from this past year in each one of the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players signing up on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It was the greatest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the total prize pool up to $74,015,600. A record 1,181 players is likely to make the cash, 15 percent in the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to make the final table will earn at least $1 million.
The tournament might get in to the money the moment early as Saturday night, during Day 3 of play. That’s the very first day fields will 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 is shown in its entirety. Television considerations were area of the reason for this year’s quicker conclusion. The alteration seems to have worked for anyone, or at least didn’t deter any players from entering. Today, Card Central and ESPN announced their preliminary live coverage schedule for the WSOP Main Event and large One for One Drop. The greatest tournament of the year will see 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 seen on ESPN.
This past year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were very strong through the entire WSOP Main Event. This coming year, we’re doubling upon live coverage from the WSOP with the help of the major One for starters 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, and that we will always be researching ways to bring viewers by far the most preeminent coverage. By doubling on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re likely to bring fans and viewers even even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all of aspects and angles.” This year’s partnership between ESPN and Card Central includes a minimum of 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 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 this year’s offering delivers on that in spades,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP.