Entries, prize money down at WSOP, but organizers aren't concerned

18 June 2012

The first 29 events of the 2012 World Series of Poker have drawn slightly fewer entries compared to the same number of events from a year ago.

So far, the 43rd tournament at the Rio has attracted 28,394 entries. In 2011, the tournament had 29,421 entries through 29 events.

The prize money is also down somewhat; $44.9 million so far this year compared with $52.5 million at the same time last year.

However, World Series of Poker officials point out the events are lining up differently. The tournament reduced the number of $10,000 and $5,000 buy-in events and added several “short-handed’ events, which feature six-handed, four-handed and heads-up action with lower entry costs.

Last year the World Series of Poker had an early $25,000 buy-in event. There isn’t a $25,000 event this year and none of the major $10,000 buy-in events have taken place.

Meanwhile, the $1 million buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event, where a portion of the proceeds benefits the One Drop water charity, is scheduled for July 1-3 and is nearing its cap of 48 players. The prize money from that event easily offsets a reduction in $10,000 and $5,000 buy-in events.

World Series of Poker officials are confident the 2012 tournament is tracking close to 2011, which drew a record 75,672 entries and $192 million in total prize money.

Related Links
Ranked Online Poker Rooms


Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.
Featured Vendors
TribalHub
RSA Executive Search
TribalHub
22nd Annual TribalNet Conference & Tradeshow Nov 8-11, 2021 Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine TX
RSA Executive Search
A Boutique Search firm specializing in the Recruitment of Hospitality and Gaming Entrepreneurs
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Bar Maid Corporation
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Leader in creating award winning player & employee loyalty programs & events proven to increase ROI
Bar Maid Corporation
Clean and dry thousands of chips, dice and tiles per hour with the high-speed CHIP CHAMPION machine!
Casino Network
Casino City Press
Casino Network
20+ years experience selling refurbished slot machines, parts & glass for all major brands
Casino City Press
A leading publisher and distributor of casino and gaming business data and market research reports.
Slot Machines Unlimited
Broadband Hospitality
Slot Machines Unlimited
Exporter of IGT, Williams, AVP, Trimline, Aristocrat, Konami, Bally, & parts over 20 yrs experience
Broadband Hospitality
Improve these critical guest-facing amenities: In-room TV, Wi-Fi, Mobile App. Priced right. All here
Gaming Tickets, Inc.
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Gaming Tickets, Inc.
35 years in the gaming industry - premium quality slot tickets, lottery tickets on time under budget
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Your one stop shop for all your gaming and OEM needs!
TOP ONE TECH LIMITED
TOP ONE TECH LIMITED
GLOBAL TOUCH SOLUTION PARTNER OF CHOICE,10+ years OEM manufacturing,100+ thousand units application


Your Guide to 15,428 Gaming Industry Suppliers