“It’s Official: June 9, 2007 is the busiest day in WSOP history.”
3,009 Tournament Players Pack into the Rio in a Single Day
Las Vegas, NV (June 9, 2007) – The World Series of Poker presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light entered its second week. The world’s biggest and richest sporting spectacle shows no signs of slowing down. Today, the largest number of poker players ever to enter a single day of events filled the Rio All-Suites Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
The two tournaments held today combined for a record 3,009 entries. The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 2,628 entries. The $2,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. championship attracted 381 players (which was also the largest H.O.R.S.E. tournament in history). No single day in the 38-year history of the WSOP has been busier. In fact, the huge turnout is believed to be the biggest tournament day if any poker event held anywhere.
“We are off to a terrific start this year,” said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “I continue to believe this will be the best World Series of Poker ever.”
The record number bested the old mark by 11 participants. Just seven days ago 2,998 tournament players registered for the day’s events. Both tournaments on this day are expected to play through Monday, June 11. First place in Event #15 will pay $637,254 and 270 players will receive prize money. First place in Event #16 will pay $238,881 and will pay 876 places.
The largest poker tournament in history remains the 2006 WSOP $10,000 buy-in championship event, with 8,773 players. However, that official “Day One” was divided across four separate dates, due to the enormous size of the field.