The World Series of Poker (WSOP©) is a world renown poker event consisting of 58 separate bracelet events held annually in Las Vegas, NV (sponsored by Caesar’s Entertainment).
2011 WSOP© FACTOIDS:
FIRST YEAR OF THE WSOP©: 1970 (In the beginning, Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino, in Las Vegas, NV);
NUMBER OF NATIONS REPRESENTED IN THE 2011 WSOP© MAIN EVENT: 85;
THE 2011 WSOP© NOVEMBER NINE: Bou-Nahra, Collins, Giannetti, Heinz, Holden, Lamb, Makiievskyi, O’Dea and Staszko;
OLDEST 2011 WSOP© NOVEMBER NINE PLAYER: Badih Bou-Nahra (49-years-old);
YOUNGEST 2011 WSOP© NOVEMBER NINE PLAYER: Anton Makiievskyi (21-years-old and he has the chance to become the youngest Main Event champion in the WSOP’s 42-year history);
NUMBER OF NATIONS REPRESENTED BY THE 2011 WSOP© NOVEMBER NINE: 7 (the most in the 42-year history of the event);
TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRANTS IN THE 2011 WSOP© MAIN EVENT: 6,865; and
THE AMOUNT OF THE 2011 WSOP© MAIN EVENT FIRST PLACE PRIZE: $8,711,956 or approximately $8.7M.
THE 2011 WSOP© MAIN EVENT – BY THE NUMBERS:
1 – The number of players winning two bracelets this year;
12 – The number of bracelet winners in 2011 whose first WSOP© cash, was a bracelet win;
44 – The number of professional poker players who won WSOP© bracelets this year;
55 – The number of ESPN cameras used to capture the 2011 WSOP© Main Event action;
105 – The total number of countries represented at this year’s WSOP©;
416,000 – The average number of viewers watching the live WSOP© Main Event coverage. The two hours of coverage on ESPN drew 646,000 viewers, representing double-digit increases over last year’s ESPN coverage of the WSOP©; and
$4,119,000 – The total dollar value of the rake taken by the WSOP© on the 2011 Main Event (rake: fees collected by the house) (more money than 3rd place will earn in November).
WORLD SERIES of POKER© – MAIN EVENT HISTORY
(2000 thru 2011)