The annual poker competition called the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is currently taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The tournament that includes 69 poker events will last for seven weeks from May 31 to July 19.
The total number of its participants reached 107,833, which was over 4% higher compared to last year. This is actually only the second year when the number of entrants exceeded 100,000.
The 2016 WSOP is indeed international, since it has been visited by representatives of over one hundred countries. It is interesting to note that 15,767 top finishers will receive cash prizes. The total prize pool is $221,211,336.
According to estimates, it is necessary to defeat on average 1,562 in order to win a WSOP title, since the average number of participants in each of 69 events is 1,563.
The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event attracted 6,737 poker players who created a prize pool of $63,327,800.
It should be noted that the organizers of the championship donít forget about those who require money. Two out of 69 events provide money for charity. We are talking about the
Little One for ONE DROP Tournament and the ONE DROP High Roller Tournament. The funds donated by the poker players are used to supply people with drinking water.
Apart from numerous professional poker players and amateurs, the WSOP events are popular among celebrities. For example, Hoodie Allen, Brad Lidge, Neymar, Brad Garrett, Cheryl Hines, John Arne Riise, Richard Seymour, Shane Warne, and others have decided to take part in the poker championship this year. To be sure, this is not the complete list of celebrities who enjoy playing poker at the highest level.
It is also interesting to discuss the geographical distribution of players. To be sure, the bulk of participants come from the United States (84,027). It is followed by Canada (4,586), the United Kingdom (4,388), France (1,293), and Russia (1,280). The list of top 10 countries of the 2016 World Series of Poker also includes Germany, Brazil, Australia, Austria, and Italy.
In addition to geographical and social differences between players, their age varies significantly. The youngest 21-year-old participant can meet 95-year-old William Wachter at the poker table.