Record breaking WSOP Main Event, 10,043 entries, $93M+ prize pool; 678 tables strong; drama erupts over payout distribution

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Field shot – Photo by Pokernews

The 54th Annual World Series of Poker has achieved the incredibly challenging task of breaking the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship aka WSOP Main Event record of 8,773 entries set back in 2006. With countless online satellites offered on all the major platforms, and registration open for five hours at each Day 2 flight, it was a slam dunk. This year’s turnout swelled to a jaw-dropping 10,043 players for a massive prize pool of $93,399,000.

In a brief interview with WSOP Vice President, Jack Effel, he shared with Somuchpoker,

“Last year we were approaching 600 tables between the two facilities and we needed even more tables this year to accommodate on some of the days leading up to this moment.”

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Jack Effel

“It has been a record-breaking summer. We’ve already had several events over 10,000 entries. We even had an event that was over 20,000 entries. It’s definitely the biggest World Series of Poker we’ve ever had and the smoothest we’ve ever had. As we continue to do more and more of these, we are finally getting situated between Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas,  and starting to find our groove in our new home. It is just gonna get bigger and better.”

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2023 WSOP Table #678

And he wasn’t kidding with the number of tables. The highest table number was #678 (pictured above). At Day 2D on July 8, 2023, after players returned from the dinner break, WSOP Circuit Tour Director Dennis Jones made the official announcement detailing the entries, prize pool, and first place payout of $12,100,000 which was $100K more than Jamie Gold’s $12M takedown. The numbers and payouts were then flashed on the screens for everyone to view. Top 1,507 players get paid with the minimum payout at $15,000.

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Drama over the payouts and top 9  distribution

Immediately following the announcement, players dissected the payout distribution. Shortly after, Twitter erupted as players expressed their disappointment. With 15% paid this year, it was expected that the top prize would be less than Jamie Gold’s $12M payout. However that wasn’t the case. Not only were the payouts flattened, the champion was ensured a higher payout of $12.1M, and 9th place $900K. In comparison to 2006, the top 12 won minimum $1,154,527.

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Full payouts

Place Payouts in USD
1 12,100,000
2 6,500,000
3 4,000,000
4 3,000,000
5 2,400,000
6 1,850,000
7 1,425,000
8 1,125,000
9 900,000
10-11 700,000
12-13 535,000
14-17 430,200
18-26 345,000
27-35 280,100
36-44 229,000
45-53 188,400
54-62 156,100
63-71 130,300
72-80 109,400
82-89 92,600
90-98 78,900
99-161 67,700
162-224 58,500
225-287 50,900
288-350 44,700
351-413 40,000
414-475 37,500
476-539 35,000
540-602 32,500
603-665 30,000
666-764 27,500
765-863 25,000
864-962 22,500
963-1004 20,000
1005-1249 17,500
1250-1507 15,000
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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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