Impressive numbers were recorded at the 2019 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event in terms of field size, payouts, and the number of countries represented. This year’s edition of the Main Event saw a total of 8,569 players taking part, the second-biggest field of all time, with the Day 1C field becoming the largest-ever starting flight, drawing 4,877 players.
The latest field size just falls behind the 8,773 entries recorded back in 2006, which is considered the peak of the poker boom. It was Jamie Gold who topped the largest field in the history of the Main Event, winning $12 million.
Players are currently battling it out for the lion’s share of the massive $80,548,600 in total prize pool. Once the dust settles, we will know who will take home the first-place payout of $10 million, which should be the second-highest Main Event top prize. The last time this figure was paid out was back in 2014 when Swedish poker pro Martin Jacobson won the Main Event.
Here are some of the numbers that 2019 WSOP Main Event has recorded.
87 Countries Represented
The 2019 edition of the WSOP Main Event also saw a rise in the number of countries represented at the tables, compared to last year. The participants this year came from a total of 87 different countries, four more than the number recorded in 2018. The United States makes up most of the field with 6,110 players, and California is the most represented with 1,057 entries, followed by Nevada (698), Florida (540), New York (478) and Texas (442).
The next country making up most of the Main Event players is Canada with 420. Completing the top 10 list of the most represented countries in this year’s event are UK (414), France (151), China (117), Germany (105), Brazil (104), Australia (91), Russia (79), and Austria (73).
Of the 8,569 participants in this year’s Main Event, 8,219 were men and 350 were women. Female participation has seen a slight increase (4.1%) from last year which saw 300 ladies taking part, representing 3.8% of the 7,874-entry field.
2019 WSOP Main Event: Second Biggest Field
The last two decades has witnessed the WSOP Main Event go from strength to strength. In 2003, the prestigious event attracted a field of 839 entries, the most it had ever drawn, which was ultimately won by Chris Moneymaker who received $2.5 million.
Moneymaker, an accountant from Tennessee, defeated Sam Farha heads up in what is widely considered a game-changing victory for poker. Since then, the WSOP Main Event has grown in popularity with every passing year. The Main Event has set some record breaking numbers in the last three editions.
Since 2015, the event has enjoyed a year-over-year growth, accompanied by an overall field increase of 33%. Over the last two years, there has been a 9% year-over-year increase, going from 7,221 players in 2017 to 7,878 in 2018, and then hitting 8,569 this year. Just to put the Main Event numbers in perspective, this year’s field is more than the 2004 and 2005 numbers combined.
To give you a quick summary of Main Event numbers, the top five largest attendance in the history of the WSOP Main Event were achieved in 2006 (8,773 – won by Jamie Gold), 2019 (8,569 – winner to be determined), 2018 (7,874 – won by John Cynn), 2010 (7,319 – won by Jonathan Duhamel), and 2017 (7,221 – won by Scott Blumstein).
Massive Payouts Up for Grabs
Each player making the final table is guaranteed a seven-figure payout. The new Main Event champion will ultimately take home $10 million while the runner-up will finish with $6 million. The player who finishes in third place will take home $4 million, the fourth place gets awarded $3 million and the fifth place finisher will receive $2.2 million.
While it is a dream for every poker pro to win the Main Event and take home a WSOP gold bracelet, players who make it to the final table will each leave with a million dollars.
Will a US based poker pro end up with the 2019 WSOP Main Event win or will it be won by a poker pro who is from another country? We will know in just a few days.

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