Impressive Numbers Already for 2010 World Series of PokerTweet Share
The numbers are already impressive for this year’s World Series of Poker, where 2009 WSOP Main Event champion and PokerStars Pro Joe Cada will defend his title. The scene at the Rio is a bit like the scene in “Rocky” the night before the big fight, empty ballrooms waiting to be set up, waiting for the players, waiting for the action to begin in the forty-first annual World Series of Poker. By all accounts, WSOP 2010 is going to be a really big deal.
WSOP VP Ty Stewart has been quoted as predicting more entrants than last year’s 60,875, a new record. Well over a hundred different nations will be represented at WSOP 2010; last year the tally was 113.
The tournament takes place in the Rio convention center, with 100,000 square feet of floor space. Even with this large a space there are restrictions. With 9 players at 377 tables that comes to a maximum of 3,393 players competing at one moment. Harrah’s expects to use more than a thousand dealers during the May to July segment of WSOP 2010. Gaming Partners International of Las Vegas and Beaune, France will be providing over half a million chips.
WSOP expects a higher buy-in total than last year’s $172,753,119!
But, numbers or not, it all comes down to the cards and the bracelets. To get a high bracelet count, you need to be good; you need to play, a lot. And your good play needs to last. The players who lead in bracelets are as follows:
- Phil Hellmuth – 11
- Johnny Chan – 10
- Doyle Brunson – 10
- Erik Seidel – 8
- Phil Ivey – 7
- Bill Baxter – 7
In the end, these are the most impressive numbers heading into WSOP 2010, and they are the only ones that count.