With the 45th annual World Series of Poker in the books bar the final table of the Main Event to wrap up in November, here’s a look at the series as a whole.
The 2014 WSOP surpassed 80,000 total entries for the first time, and the collective prize pool of over $225 million was the largest in WSOP history. The series has now awarded $2 billion in prize money in its 45-year history, and more than $1 billion of that has come in just the last six years.
The 2014 WSOP attracted all types, from famous poker pros to weekend warriors, film and TV personalities to sport superstars. Some of the non-poker names who made an appearance in Las Vegas to play the series included UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, movie director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), actor Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer), model Triana Iglesias, NBA star Paul Pierce, Spanish footballer and Shakira’s boyfriend Gerard Pique, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak, Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Gavin Polone, professional footballer John Arne Riise, actor and comedian Ray Romano, NFL star and Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour, actress Jennifer Tilly, cricket star Shane Warne, NASCAR driver Jason White, and actor James Woods.
There were also players from every age group. The youngest player at the Main Event was Zachary Zaffos from Florida who played Day 1c the day after turning 21 to become legal. The oldest player was 93-year-old William Wachter from New York who played Day 1b. Wachter still has some catching up to do, as Jack Ury holds the record as the oldest Main Event participant at 95 years young. The oldest player to cash an event in the series was Poker-Hall-of-Famer Henry Orenstein who finished eighth in Event #60.
Here are some statistics for the series:
- Official WSOP gold bracelet events: 65
- Total entries: 82,360
- Total prize pool: $225,584,873
- Total cashers: 8,730
- Main Event entries: 6,683
- Main Event prize pool: $62,820,200
- Largest first-place prize: $15,306,668
- Average first-place prize: $792,507
- Average player age: 38.93
- Average casher age: 37.66 (excluding Main Event)
- Average final-tablist age: 35.32 (excluding Main Event)
- Male entries: 94.72% (78,009 entries)
- Female entries: 5.28% (4,351)
- Countries represented: 107
- US states represented: 50
- Canadian provinces represented: 10 plus Yukon Territory
Top 10 entries by country:
- USA: 78,165
- Canada: 6,045
- UK: 2,894
- France: 1,749
- Germany: 1,617
- Russia: 1,370
- Brazil: 1,057
- Italy: 857
- Austria: 632
- Australia: 512
The series set several records this year:
- Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha became the largest non-hold’em field size in live poker history with 1,128 entries.
- Event #8, the Millionaire Maker, set several records including the largest single-day attendance with 7,977 players, largest non-Main-Event field, and largest $1,500 tournament.
- Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low was the largest tournament of that game variant ever held.
- Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball was the largest tournament of that game variant ever held.
- Event #17, the seniors event, saw 4,425 players take a seat in the $1,000 event, the largest seniors event in history and also the largest single-starting-flight $1,000 tournament ever.
- Event #18: $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship became the largest Razz prize pool ever at $1,052,800 and the first time Razz has ever tipped the $1 million mark.
- Event #48: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low was the largest tournament of that game variant ever held.
- Event #51, the Monster Stack event, awarded the largest prize for a $1,500 buy-in ever at $1,327,083.
- Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship became the largest $10,000 event outside of hold’em tournaments.
- Day 1c of the Main Event saw 3,768 entrants, the largest ever for a starting flight of the Main Event.
- Howard “Tahoe” Andrew from California extended his record for playing the most consecutive WSOPs with a total of 41.
- Tony Cousineau also extended his record for the most WSOP cashes without ever booking a win. He has 67 WSOP cashes now, nine of them from this summer.
- Phil Hellmuth added to his bracelet record, now with 13, and also has the most WSOP cashes at 107 with seven of them from this summer.
Specific to Canada, it was a bit of a bummer year for all of us hosers. After winning 10 WSOP bracelets last year, the most for any country in one summer of WSOP besides the USA, Canadians earned no bracelets in 2014. Nope, not one. Canada has not been shut out of the series since 2002 when the USA won 32 out of 35 bracelets. However, we had six runner-up finishes. We are sure that Canadians will show up to dominate in 2015.