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.
Main Event final numbers:
Players: 7,874 (2nd largest in WSOP Main Event history)
Day 1C players: 4,571
Prize pool: $74,015,600
Payouts later tonight after verifying the numbers
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 5, 2018
— Nick Jones (@pokerprojones) July 5, 2018
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.
2,959 on Day 1A and 1B last year. Doesn't mean an up year YET though … everybody has very polarized opinions on what July 4 means for 1C field size.
(I think tomorrow is huge FWIW) https://t.co/05i48dcSlq
— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley) July 4, 2018
Feels like there is a pretty good chance that today is the largest Day 1 flight in WSOP history. (>4,262)
If you're not registered and plan to play today, GET DOWN HERE NOW AND REGISTER.
— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley) July 4, 2018
Before the WSOP started, the @PocketFives experts all predicted Main Event field size.
They all thought I was crazy. #7872 pic.twitter.com/f5HO6xPu5c
— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley) July 5, 2018
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.
Main Event payouts
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 5, 2018
— Ari Engel (@AriEngelPoker) July 4, 2018
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.
Stuffing 147k in my bag. Solid start, play day 2 Friday #WSOPMainEvent
— Cliff Josephy (@JohnnyBaxPoker) July 5, 2018
Playing #WSOP main today and thrilled to have made it to hour two! GL to those of you I wish good luck for and terrible luck to everyone else.
— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) July 4, 2018
Today was a fun day of poker and I am putting 140k chips in the bag for day 2.#WSOPME
— Darryll Fish (@DarryllFish) July 4, 2018
Ended day one of the Main Event with 55000 in betting units. Day off tomorrow and back at it on Friday! #WSOPME
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) July 5, 2018
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
— Ali Nejad (@Ali_Nejad) July 5, 2018
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.
I was at the ICO launch party for Decent at The Cosmo in Vegas, met the partners, we asked them point blank if they knew that their ICO was an SEC violation because they could not pass the Howie test. They said “what’s that”. They were launch ICO in USA. 🧐
— Steven McLoughlin (@_tizzle) July 5, 2018
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.
Anyone want to tell Phil it's not 2005? https://t.co/rwv6DuYmJc
— Steve Ruddock (@SteveRuddock) July 4, 2018
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.
— Dan Bernadel (@danbernadel) July 4, 2018
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.
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