The World Series of Poker awarded a record $347,941,800 in prize money in 2022, smashing the previous record of $293,183,345.
While the prize money total included a number of online events, the decision to relocate to Bally’s and Paris on the Las Vegas Strip still proved successful with the Main Event attracting the second biggest field in its 53-year history with 8,663 starters including participants from 87 countries.
The 88-bracelet series also saw three events record top 10 all-time participation numbers, those being The Housewarming with 20,080 runners (4th all-time), The Million Dollar Bounty with 14,112 runners (6th all-time) and the Colossus with 13,565 runners (7th all-time).
“As this year’s WSOP comes to a close, we reflect on yet another event that exceeded our expectations,” said World Series of Poker Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ty Stewart. “We are incredibly appreciative of the players who travelled from near and far to make our first year on The Strip an overwhelming success. After 52 years, we are finally a Strip headliner, and this couldn’t be possible without the help of our great team members.”
Norway’s Espen Jorstad’s was crowned the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion, pipping Australia’s Adrian Attenborough for the title following a memorable heads-up battle.