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The WSOP – Some Facts And Figures

wsop tablesOnce the summer months hit Las Vegas there are normally two types of tourists around the city, the ones that have come to enjoy the sun and hit the pools whilst others that have come to enjoy the World Series Of Poker and hit the poker tables.

We all know that Las Vegas is regarded as the gambling capital of the world all year round, yet when it comes to WSOP time, the place is buzzing ten times more than ever.

For any of you that do not know too much about the WSOP and are perhaps new to poker, we have provided a few facts, pieces of information and numbers from previous years in the tournament series for you to look at.

When Does It Start And Finish? – Today the 29th May until the 15th Of July

Where Is It Being Held? – Across four rooms at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

  • The RioConvention Center
  • The Amazon Ballroom which holds 100 tables
  • The Pavillion ballroom which holds 256 tables
  • The Brasilia Ballroom which holds 92 tables

How Many Events Are There? – 62 events in total

How Many Poker Tables Are There? – The venue holds a record of being able to hold 480 poker tables being played at one time.

What Are The Minimum And Maximum Buy-ins For The Events? – The lowest buy-in is $500 and the largest is $111,111.

How Much Money Was Won Last Year In Total? – A mind boggling $222,035,192 was awarded as prize payouts in 2012.

How Many Different Countries Were Represented Last Year? – There were players from an amazing 101 different countries taking part in the 2012 WSOP.

How Many Player Entrants Were There Last Year? Last year saw 74,766 players take to the tables in WSOP events in 2012.

Who Won The Main Event Last Year? – Greg Merson From The USA Won The Main Event For $8,531,853.

Who Won The $50k Event Last Year? – Michael Mizrachi From The USA Won The $50k Event for $1,451,527.

Is There An Official Charity For The WSOP? – Yes, the One Drop Charity (

Who Is The Tournament Director? A man by the name of Jack Effel

When Did the WSOP First Start Up? – Back in 1970

Who Owns The WSOP? – Caesars Interactive Entertainment

Well, there you go, hopefully you have learnt a little about the World Series of Poker that is literally hours away from starting its 2013 programme. We already cannot wait to be able to bring you all of the news and updates from over in Vegas.

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