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Top 10 facts and figures for 2019 WSOP

27 May 2019

By Dan Ippolito
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the annual World Series of Poker. Running from 28 May through 16 July, the WSOP heads back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the biggest poker tournament of the year. Since its modest start back in 1970, the WSOP has awarded almost $3 billion in prize money. Here, we take a look at some key facts and figures to get you primed for the 50th edition of the WSOP. 10. 89 bracelets There are 101 total WSOP gold bracelets up for grabs in 2019. In the 2019 WSOP, there will be 89 official gold bracelet events, with 11 to be awarded at WSOP Europe in the fall and one given to the 2019 WSOP Global Casino Champion. This number is up from the 78 gold bracelet events in last year’s tournament, the previous record. 9. $400 buy-in There are two events this year that are tied for the lowest buy-in amount of $400. The Online No-Limit Hold’em event is a one-day event held on 2 June. This event is played entirely on The second event is the Colossus No-Limit Hold’em event, which begins on 26 June with Flight A and 27 June with Flight B. 8. $100,000 buy-in On the opposite end from the and Colossus No-Limit events is the High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event. The buy-in is $100,000, and it begins on 11 July. This is a three-day event that only allows one re-entry. After being one of the opening weekend events last year, it has been moved to a closing weekend event for 2019. This will also make eight consecutive years that there has been a six-figure or higher buy-in event at the WSOP. 7. $50,000 in Main Event Giveaway The 2019 WSOP Main Event begins on 3 July and is a 10-day event. This year, the WSOP will give $50,000 in Main Event Seats to tournament players. There will be a drawing on 1 July for players to earn up to five entries to the Main Event and five seats will be awarded. To get a free entry, players in the tournament can go to the Rio Caesars Rewards desk and swipe their Rewards card. If a player enters two separate gold bracelet events, they will receive a second entry. For any additional gold bracelet event a player enters, they will be awarded another entry, with a maximum of five entries per player. 6. $500 Hot Seat Promotion The Rio Pavilion Ballroom is adding a fun chance to win $500 every hour. About 40 live action tables will participate in this year’s $500 Hot Seat Promotion. Every hour during WSOP action, a random seat will be drawn and the player in that seat will win $500 in Rio casino chips. This promotion runs from 3 to 9 June. 5. 19 new events This year, we will see 19 new events added to the WSOP, including five bracelet events and six Deepstack bracelet events. The Big 50 $500 No-Limit Hold’em, the $500 Online No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack and the $500 Salute to Warriors are just a few. The Big 50 $500 No-Limit Hold’em event, beginning 30 May, will celebrate 50 years of the WSOP with a theme of the number 50. It has four starting flights where players will begin with 50,000 chips, and the event’s levels will be 50 minutes long. The $500 Online No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack starts on 19 July. This is the first time a turbo structure will be featured in an online bracelet event in the WSOP. Lastly, cards go in the air for the $500 Online No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack on 2 July. The three-day event is dedicated to military veterans and will have $40 of each $500 entry donated to the United Service Organizations, among other veteran organizations. 4. Shaun Deeb Shaun Deeb was the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year after winning two events last year. He took home bracelets in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller and the $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship. Deeb continued his final table performances with a second-place finish at the World Series of Poker Europe in the €1,500 + €150 Pot Limit Omaha/ No-Limit Hold’em Mixed event in October 2018. He also started off 2019 with a third-place finish at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha event. His most recent cash came in April in the $600 No-Limit Hold’em event at Rivers Monster Stack in Schenectady where he came in 27th. 3. John Cynn It must be nice leaving a poker tournament with $8.8 million in winnings. John Cynn accomplished exactly that last year at the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event. In a field of 7,874 players, Cynn came out on top to bring home the gold bracelet and the healthy prize money along with it. Since July 2018, Cynn has only cashed in two events. His most recent cash was at the partypoker Millions in South America in March. He came in fourth to take home $110,000. 2. The success of 2018 With the most gold bracelet events, the largest number of entrants and the second-largest Main Event field in WSOP history, 2019 is following a tough act in 2018. For the last seven editions of the WSOP, the total number of entrants has grown, and it reached the highest ever of 123,865 in 2018. Back in 1970, in the first-ever WSOP, there were only seven participants. Needless to say, this tournament has come a long way in the last 49 years. Last year’s WSOP also awarded over $266 million, the most in WSOP history. All these stats look to draw in more players in order to keep the trend going in the right direction. 1. 50th edition As mentioned before, this is the 50th edition of the World Series of Poker. To celebrate the remarkable history of the tournament and the 50th edition milestone, the WSOP will hold the First Fifty Honors. On 29 June, the First Fifty Honors will include an awards presentation for seven categories that will be voted on by the public and players. The categories for the First Fifty Honors are as follows: 1. Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand 2. Best Overall WSOP Performance (single year) 3. Most Likely to Succeed (player currently 35 or under to win the most gold bracelets between 2020 and 2070) 4. Fan Favorite Player 5. WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy 6. Most Impressive Main Event Win 7. Four Most Important Players in WSOP History In addition to the dinner and Honors program, a special exclusive VIP poker event will be held afterwards, capping off an evening of celebrations for the WSOP’s 50th.
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