The facts and figures of the World Series of Poker may not be changing day in and day out anymore, but we decided to put together one last installment of WSOP By The Numbers to present the bigger picture of this summer for you. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. Here is the WSOP by the numbers:
1 Number of players who picked up two bracelets this summer. There were plenty of players who got close, but Brian Rast was the only player to continue the 11-year streak of people winning multiple bracelets in the WSOP. He may not be the only one after all though, as bracelet winner and WSOP Player of the Year front runner Ben Lamb has a chance to pick up the most coveted bracelet of all by winning the Main Event.
12 Number of bracelet winners in 2011 whose first WSOP cash ended up being a bracelet win.
38 Number of consecutive years played at the WSOP by Howard “Tahoe” Andrew. That is the longest streak of activity in WSOP history, as Andrew has played all but four years in the 42-years the WSOP has been running.
44 Number of professional poker players who won bracelets this summer. This year saw a higher number of poker pros than usual end up in the winner’s circle, yet most of them were first-time bracelet winners. Of the 44, only John Juanda, Jason Mercier, Matt Matros, and Rep Porter had won bracelets in previous years.
55 Number of ESPN cameras used to capture all of the WSOP Main Event action.
76 Days until WSOP Europe gets underway. This is the first time in the event’s five-year history that its events will count in the WSOP Player of the Year race. Twenty-two of the 57 bracelets awarded so far went to non-Americans and this years extremely diverse final table is a testament to just how international the game of poker has become.
105 Total number of countries represented at the WSOP this year.
3,389 Number of runners in the largest $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event (with one starting day) in history. The tournament generated a prize pool of more than $4.5 million and winner Alex Anter pocketed $777,928 for his $1,500 investment.
416,000 Average number of viewers watching the live WSOP Main Event coverage according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily and AwfulAnnouncing.com. During the two hours of coverage on ESPN, Karp reported that the numbers were up to 646,000 viewers. Those numbers represent double digit increases over last year’s WSOP coverage on ESPN.
4,119,000 Number of dollars taken in rake by the WSOP on the Main Event–more money than the third place finisher will earn.