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Largest World Series of Poker Main Event In History Smashes Record With 10,043 Entries

Eventual Champion Set To Earn Unprecedented $12,100,000 Payday From $93,399,900 Prize Pool


The 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event is officially the largest ever held.

With 10,043 total players, this year’s world championship drew 1,270 more entries than the previous record turnout of 8,773 made in 2006, a 14.5-percent increase. Thanks to the sea of players that streamed into the Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas for this tournament, the prize pool swelled to a record $93,399,900. That sum is set to be distributed among the top 1,507 finishers this year, with a min-cash once again being worth $15,000.

The eventual champion of this historic event will be awarded $12,100,000 to go with the WSOP championship bracelet. It will be the largest top prize ever paid out in the main event, topping the $12,000,000 earned by 2006 world champion Jamie Gold.

The top prize this year only will outstrip the prior record by $100,000, even though this year’s prize pool is nearly $10.9 million larger than 2006’s. This is due to the top 15 percent of the field cashing this year as opposed to the 10 percent that did so back then.

This will be the fifth time that a WSOP main event champion has earned an eight-figure payday, with this year’s winner joining Gold ($12,000,000), reigning champion Espen Jorstad ($10,000,000), 2019 champion Hossein Ensan ($10,000,000) and 2014 victor Martin Jacobson ($10,000,000).

The top eight finishers will are all set to earn seven-figure paydays, with the runner-up taking home $6.5 million and the third-place finisher earning $4 million. The final five will all be multi-millionaires thanks to their deep runs in this tournament. A full list of the payouts is available on the event’s page in our database.

Late registration was open through the start of level 8 on day 2D. A total of 507 entries were made on the last day to see the total surpass the 10,000 milestone. Coming into the day, there were 9,536 entries made through the four day 1 starting flights and day 2ABC.

Below is a breakdown of the number of entries made in this record-demolishing event, by flight:

Day 1A – 1,037
Day 1B – 1,115
Day 1C – 3,075
Day 1D – 4,113
Day 2ABC – 196
Day 2D – 507

Here is a look at the ten largest WSOP main events of all time (by field):

Year Champion Entries Prize Pool Top Payout
2023 TBD 10,043 $93,399,900 $12,100,000
2006 Jamie Gold 8,773 $82,512,162 $12,000,000
2022 Espen Jorstdad 8,663 $80,782,475 $10,000,000
2019 Hossein Ensan 8,569 $80,548,600 $10,000,000
2018 John Cynn 7,874 $74,015,600 $8,800,000
2010 Jonathan Duhamel 7,319 $68,798,600 $8,944,310
2017 Scott Blumstein 7,221 $67,877,400 $8,150,000
2011 Pius Heinz 6,865 $64,531,000 $8,715,638
2008 Peter Eastgate 6,844 $64,333,600 $9,152,416
2016 Qui Nguyen 6,737 $63,327,800 $8,005,310

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