Players don’t seem to mind the tweaked format of the year’s WSOP Main Event. The world championship event drew the 2nd most entrants in its history, with 7,874 players paying the $10,000 entry fee before registration closed at around 7 p.m. tonight at the Rio. The eventual winner will claim $8.8 million, the fifth largest prize within the history of the tournament.
And they will earn it faster than any champion within the last decade, because the Main Event will play out daily though its July 14 finale without any pauses inside the action. The newest schedule is in stark contrast to only 2 yrs ago, if the final table of nine players that emerged in July still waited until November to crown a champion. Even last year if the “November Nine” was ditched following a nine-year run, the finalists received 1 day off.
Some wondered how players would respond to the alteration, nevertheless the final numbers indicate it didn’t have any negative impact. Entries were up from a year ago in all the three starting days, culminating with 4,571 players enrolling on Wednesday’s Day 1C. It had been the biggest starting flight in Main Event history.
The massive field pushed the complete prize pool up to $74,015,600. A record 1,181 players is likely to make the cash, 15 percent 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 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 least three hours of coverage every day leading approximately the ultimate table, that will be 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 just one Drop. The biggest tournament of the year will spot beginning to end everyday coverage from July 2nd from the 14th, as well as $1,000,000 Big One for starters Drop coverage on July 16 and 17. Furthermore, CardGO exclusively live-streams hours that aren’t available on ESPN.
This past year, both ESPN viewership and CardGO subscription numbers were quite strong through the WSOP Main Event. This season, we’re doubling down on live coverage from the WSOP with the help of the Big One for just one 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 with all the WSOP, and that we are usually searching for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage. By doubling upon our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all of aspects and angles.” This year’s partnership between ESPN and Card Central includes at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage plus an additional 130 hours of originally produced episodes. The WSOP broadcasts on ESPN will continue through 2020.
“We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Card Central still increase the bar and deliver more live Card content to audiences across the globe. 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.