The 2018 WSOP Main Event entry pool becomes the second-largest in the marquee poker tournament’s historic legacy.

A total of 7,874 players have paid the $10,000 USD buy-in to the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event this week, making it the second-largest Main Event entry pool in WSOP history.

The 9% YOY increase in participation answers a number of questions related to the resiliency of the U.S. poker market and could justify a boost in stature for real money, skill based, peer-to-peer competition that takes place in land-based and online casinos worldwide.

Excited speculation about how many individuals would show up to register for Day 1C action on the July 4th holiday began as early as Tuesday evening local time, when PocketFives president Lance Bradley pointed out the wide range of attendance predictions among his colleagues.

In just under two weeks’ time, an eventual winner of the tournament will take home a first place cash award of $8.8 million along with the 2018 WSOP ME championship bracelet. Nearly 1,200 participants will turn a profit in the event, with payouts starting at $15,000 for 1,182nd Place.

WSOP Main Event Entry Pool Shows Las Vegas Poker Dominance

The fact that more than 7,800 hopefuls ponied-up such a significant amount of money to enter a poker tournament demonstrates the popularity of Las Vegas poker, and is also in line with a forecast made earlier this year by TwoPlusTwo forum chief Mason Malmuth.

Las Vegas poker will get another opportunity to shine later this year when the WPT Season 17 televised final tables head to the Esports Arena at Luxor Hotel & Casino in a move that could result in a gradual ring-fencing of the live poker tournament market for United States players if successful.

Poker Player Chip Count Reports from 2018 WSOP Main Event

A number of big name players took to social media to inform their followers on their progress in Day 1C of the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

Reasons Behind WSOP Main Event Entry Pool Rise (Analysis)

Official numbers for the WSOP Main Event entry pool may not be available until the Series concludes, but industry analysts are certain to give their points of view on this year’s turnout.

  • Proliferation and value of poker live streaming and other audio/visual content
  • More recreational player interest in marquee poker tournaments
  • Increased disposable income among peer-to-peer gamblers
  • Superior satellite tournament promotions and offerings
  • Fan and community investor subsidies in public staking marketplaces
  • Legacy and prestige of WSOP brand as the longest-running poker tournament series
  • Added value for casual players to compete against top-notch competition, high profile personalities
  • High quality televised coverage via PokerGO, ESPN, and Twitch

Regardless of how the numbers break down in the end, there is no denying that the PokerGO premium coverage alongside consistent free live streams on the PokerCentral Twitch channel have represented televised poker in a manner that is professional, informative and entertaining to a modern-day viewer base.

The company’s ability to collaborate with such a large number of well-known players and provide a wide variety of paywall programming has put PokerGO on the map, with a monthly service charge of $10 that is deemed to provide genuine value to both veteran and casual players.

PokerCentral’s coup of taking over the Poker Alliance may also bode well for the brand if it is able to motivate players to lobby for statewide poker regulation, too. Yet questions surrounding PokerCentral remain due to a pending lawsuit against the entity’s parent company by its owner, Cary Katz.

Poker Brat 2018 WSOP Entrance Sparks Debate

The world’s all-time leading WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth stirred up controversy at this year’s WSOP Main Event by showing up dressed as a comic book hero with accompanying models… sponsored by a cryptocurrency.



The spectacle caused a moderate amount of unease among some casino industry analysts, including Online Poker Report lead contributor Steve Ruddock, who posted his thoughts on social media.

Although Hellmuth has certainly had his share of “heat seeking” moments since introducing fans to his White Magic skills at last year’s inaugural Poker Night in America King of The Hill contest, the Poker Brat’s entrance was defended by a number of poker players in the corresponding Twitter thread.

The somewhat controversial topic again brings the debate of poker personalities retaining full creative control over their commercial interests to the gambling marketing space, which in this case includes promotion of the game of poker.

Across the pond in the United Kingdom, such liberties are being slowly chipped away at by existing regulations for gambling-based influencer marketing.

However, advertising rules for gambling products differ vastly and are much more vague within the U.S. due to statewide licensing of land-based and online gambling activities.

WSOP Main Event Entry Pool Survivors

Day 2 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event begins today at 11:00am local time at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Our readers can view the official schedule here courtesy of the World Series of Poker.

Read Daily WSOP 2018 Updates from Part Time Poker

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