Players don’t seem to mind the tweaked format of the 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 about 7 p.m. tonight at the Rio. The eventual winner will claim $8.8 million, the fifth largest prize in 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 with no pauses inside the action. The newest schedule is in stark contrast to simply 2 yrs ago, once the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even this past year once the “November Nine” was ditched after having a nine-year run, the finalists received 1 day off.
Some wondered how players would reply to the change, but 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 enrolling on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It absolutely was the greatest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the complete prize pool as much as $74,015,600. A record 1,181 players is likely to make the amount of money, 15 percent in the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to make the last table will earn at least $1 million.
The tournament could get into the money as soon as early as Saturday night, during Day 3 of play. That’s the first day fields will 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 each day leading up to the ultimate table, which will be shown in their entirety. Television considerations were area of the reason for this year’s quicker conclusion. The alteration 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 schedule for the WSOP app Main Event and Big One for starters Drop. The biggest tournament of year will see beginning to end everyday coverage from July 2nd with the 14th, as well as $one thousand,000 Big One for starters Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. Additionally, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t seen on ESPN.
A year ago, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were quite strong through the WSOP Main Event. This year, we’re doubling on live coverage from the WSOP by adding 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 with all the WSOP, so we will always be looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage. By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re planning 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 at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage and an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN continues through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Card Central carry on and raise the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences across the globe. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage which year’s offering delivers on that in spades,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP.