Players don’t appear to mind the tweaked format of this 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 he or she will earn it faster than any champion within the last decade, because the Main Event will play out daily though its July 14 finale without any pauses inside the action. The newest schedule is in stark contrast to merely two years ago, when the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even a year ago when the “November Nine” was ditched after a nine-year run, the finalists received some day off.
Some wondered how players would react to the modification, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t possess negative impact. Entries were up from last year in each of the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players registering on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It absolutely was the largest 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 cash, 15 % from the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to help make the last table will earn at the very least $1 million.
The tournament could easily get in 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 at least three hours of coverage every single day leading as much as the final table, that will be shown in its entirety. Television considerations were area of the reason for this year’s quicker conclusion. The change appears to have worked for everybody, or at least didn’t deter any players from entering. Today, Card Central and ESPN announced their preliminary live coverage agenda for the play WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop. The largest tournament of the year will spot beginning to end 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. In addition to this, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t available on ESPN.
Last year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were quite strong through the WSOP Main Event. This year, we’re doubling down on live coverage of the WSOP by adding the Big 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 has a long-running relationship with all the WSOP, and that we are usually researching ways to bring viewers probably the most preeminent coverage. By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.” This year’s partnership between ESPN and Card Central includes at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage and an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN 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.