All of the first three opening events of the Jack Link’s Beef Jerky 2009 World Series of Poker have broken a record.
The first record to tumble was in Event #2, which set the record for largest prize pool for a non-Main Event field. 201 players coughed up $40,000 each to create a ridiculous $7,718,400 prize pool. The previous record prize pool was $7,104,000 (2007) – a solid $614,000 behind the new record.
Just one day after that Event #3, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low, took down another record when a whopping 918 lined up to enter. This smashed the old record of 833 and becoming the largest live Omaha tournament ever played.
As if these two feats were not amazing enough, the most impressive record to tumble has come by way of a sellout of Event #4 – a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The “stimulus special,” has blown away the then-record 3,929 entrants who participated in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at last year’s WSOP – by selling a capacity of 6,000 entries.
This amazing new mark means the $1,000 event, which features two start days (May 30 and 31), is the largest non-WSOP Main Event tournament ever played. Registration for Event #4 sold out, with a maximum capacity of approximately 3,000 players per start day – or 6,000 players total. That is a whole lot of people you need to duck and weave your way through to pick up one of those coveted gold bracelets!
“The demand for the Stimulus Special could be felt the moment we announced it,” said World Series of Poker President and Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “We welcome all the first-time players to the World Series of Poker and wish everyone good luck in their pursuit of a gold bracelet.”
The total prize pool for Event #4 will exceed $5 million, with the winner having a very good start to their WSOP campaign as they are guaranteed to earn more than 750 times the entry fee and the coveted gold bracelet. Each of the final table participants will receive at least six-figure paydays.
With this many records already one thing is for sure. The 2009 WSOP promises to be a cracker!
The 40th annual WSOP began May 26 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and will continue until July 15. For the second consecutive year, the final nine players in the WSOP Main Event will halt play this summer and return in November to compete for the most prized trophy in all of poker, the WSOP Main Event gold bracelet.
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