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The WSOP Main Event Done For The Summer

International Cast Playing for $8.7 Million Top Prize

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Aug 24, 2011


The 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 main event came on the heels of the most successful run of preliminary events in WSOP history. More than 68,000 players had already taken a seat at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, before cards got into the air in the main event. Adding to that, more than $127 million in prize money had been awarded across the prelims. The attendance numbers in the main event were down slightly from last year due to weak attendance during the earliest days of the tournament, but at 6,865 players, the tournament was still the third-largest poker tournament of all time, and the winner will take home close to $9 million in November. Participants hailed from 85 different nations, and that diversity later would be reflected in the makeup of the eventual November Nine. ESPN cameras captured every possible minute from July 14-19 ...

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