Players don’t seem to mind the tweaked format of this year’s WSOP Main Event. The world championship event drew the second most entrants in the history, with 7,874 players paying the $ten thousand 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 she or he will earn it faster than any champion in the last decade, as the Main Event can play out daily though its July 14 finale without the pauses inside the action. The newest schedule is within stark contrast to only a couple of years ago, once the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even last 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 alteration, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t have any negative impact. Entries were up from last year in each of the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players registering on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It had been the biggest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the total prize pool as much as $74,015,600. An archive 1,181 players will make the cash, 15 % from the starting field, with payouts starting at $15,000. Everyone to make the ultimate table will earn at the very least $1 million.
The tournament might get in to the money the moment 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 each 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 the very least three hours of coverage every single day leading approximately the last table, which is shown in the entirety. Television considerations were part of the reason behind this year’s quicker conclusion. The change 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 play WSOP Main Event and Big One for starters Drop. The greatest tournament of year will spot beginning to end everyday coverage from July 2nd with the 14th, in addition to $one thousand,000 Big One for just one Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. In addition to this, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t seen on ESPN.
Last year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were quite strong throughout the WSOP Main Event. This season, we’re doubling down on live coverage of the WSOP with the addition of the major One for starters 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 using the WSOP, and we are usually researching ways to bring viewers by far the most preeminent coverage. By doubling upon our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re likely to bring fans and viewers even 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 the very least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage plus an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN continue through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Card Central still increase the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences around the world. Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades,” said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP.