It’s official – the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event is the biggest of all time. In what was already a record-breaking week for the world’s most famous poker brand after Phil Hellmuth won his 17th career bracelet, a WSOP Main Event field of 10,043 entries not only topped five figures for the first time but also smashed the previous record set 17 years ago when Jamie Gold topped a field of 8,773 to win the 2006 Main Event.
“This is an all-time summer for the WSOP,” said WSOP Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ty Stewart.
“Week after week we saw record fields, so it’s only fitting that we break the biggest record of all. 10,000 players is historic for the industry and this year’s champion will be remembered as the one to conquer the richest event in poker history, well at least until 2024.”
The record-breaking Main Event has produced a prize pool of US$93.4 million, with the eventual champion to take home a massive US$12.1 million prize. All nine players to reach the final table will be guaranteed a minimum US$900,000 payday while the top eight will all be instant millionaires.
A total of 1,507 players representing 15% of the field will make the money, with a min-cash of US$15,000 for those who finish between 1,507th and 1,005th.
As for the Australian contingent? There are still around 30 Aussies remaining heading into Day 3, including our 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem (328,000). James Obst (593,000) leads the way with the 17th biggest stack overall, closely followed by Gary Benson with 572,000.
Other notables include Daniel Neilson (421,500), Jarrod Thatcher (298,000), Yita Choong (280,000), Tom Rafferty (162,500) and Alex Lynskey (94,000).
There are also a few adopted Aussies in the field, namely Anthony Cierco (355,500), Angel Guillen (111,500), Aroha Ngata (81,500) and Rehman Kassam (34,500).
The overall chip leader heading into Day 3 is Maurice Hawkins with 941,000, slightly ahead of Nicholas Rigby with 921,500.
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