The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a world-renowned poker event consisting of 58 bracelet events, and it is held annually in Las Vegas (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 42-year history of the WSOP).
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
THE AMOUNT OF THE 2011 WSOP MAIN EVENT FIRST PLACE PRIZE MONEY: $8,711,956
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 live WSOP Main Event coverage. The two hours of coverage on ESPN drew 646,000 viewers, representing double-digit increases over last year’s WSOP coverage on ESPN; and
$4,119,000 – The total dollar value for the rake (money to the house) taken by the WSOP on Main Event Entry Fees (NOTE: more money than 3rd place).