ArticleBreaking Boundaries: The 2023 WSOP Main Event’s Record Attendance

After a long 17-year wait, the WSOP Main Event has finally shattered its own attendance record! But that’s not all – the 2023 World Champion is set to join the ranks of the super wealthy, becoming a multimillionaire! The excitement is real, folks!

By Doro | 09 Jul 2023
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The 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has made history, smashing all previous attendance records. This year’s tournament has seen an extraordinary number of participants, highlighting the escalating popularity and excitement of this iconic event. Stay tuned to discover the new record.

The previous record, set in 2006, saw 8,773 players register for the WSOP Main Event. That year, Jamie Gold emerged victorious, leaving Las Vegas a staggering $12,000,000 richer. Before the 2023 Main Event kicked off, there were widespread speculations that this year could surpass the record set 17 years ago. Yet, no one was likely ready for the bar to be raised quite this high!

How Many Players Competed in the Main Event WSOP 2023?

We had to wait until the end of late registration on Day 2D of the 2023 WSOP Main Event for the final participant count to be confirmed. The fact that the record was shattered was known in advance. The question, however, was by how much.

As confirmed by the organisers, a staggering number of 10,043 poker players competed in the 2023 WSOP Main Event, surpassing the previous record by a whopping 1,270 buy-ins.

2023 WSOP Main Event bracelet

This Year’s Payouts Will Be Record-Breaking Too

With a record-breaking number of participants comes record-breaking payouts for those in the tournament. Let’s break it down.

The top 1,507 poker players will make it in the money (ITM), with the minimum cash-out being $15,000. Reaching the final table assures a payout of at least $900,000. The first player to become a millionaire will be the one who finishes in 8th place. The runner-up will walk away with a hefty $6,500,000, while a staggering $12,100,000 is reserved for the champion of the 2023 WSOP Main Event. Isn’t that just mind blowing?


Does the huge turnout at the 2023 WSOP Main Event mean we’re seeing a new poker boom around the world?

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