Players don’t seem to mind the tweaked format of this year’s WSOP Main Event. The world championship event drew the 2nd most entrants in its 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 he or she will earn it faster than any champion during the last decade, since the Main Event will have out daily though its July 14 finale without the pauses within the action. The brand new schedule is in stark contrast to only two years ago, once the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even this past year if the “November Nine” was ditched after having a nine-year run, the finalists received some day off.
Some wondered how players would respond to the alteration, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t have any negative impact. Entries were up from a year ago in all the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players registering on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It had been the greatest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the total prize pool approximately $74,015,600. A record 1,181 players can make the cash, 15 % from the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to create the last 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 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 least three hours of coverage every single day leading up to the final table, that will be shown in their entirety. Television considerations were part of the reason behind this year’s quicker conclusion. The modification appears to 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 free play Main Event and Big One for One Drop. The biggest tournament of year will spot beginning to end everyday coverage from July 2nd with the 14th, in addition to $one thousand,000 Big One for One Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. Furthermore, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t available on ESPN.
This past year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were very strong through the WSOP Main Event. This season, we’re doubling on live coverage from the WSOP with the help 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 using the WSOP, and we are always researching ways to bring viewers probably the most preeminent coverage. By doubling on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re likely 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 a minimum of 40 hours of live WSOP coverage as well as 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 raise the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences across the globe. 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.