Canadian WSOP Attendance Continues Downward Trend Despite Overall Growth

World Series of Poker, 2016 WSOP

Another World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas has come to a close with all but one of the 69 bracelets awarded. Nine players remain in the WSOP Main Event and they will return October 30 to determine the 2016 World Champion.

With the busiest schedule yet, the WSOP reached a new record number of entries in the series’ 47-year history. There were a total of 107,833 entries across the 69 events that ran from May 31 to July 19 and a total of $221,211,336 in prizes was paid to players.

There were players from 107 different countries including, of course, our Canadian contingent who made the trip south to play in the world’s biggest poker series. As usual, Canadians made up the second-largest portion of the field behind the dominating host nation. There were 4,586 Canadian entries this year which was, as predicted before the series began, a drop from last year.

There was one WSOP bracelet won by a Canadian this year. Kristen Bicknell won Event #46: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em for $290,768. This was her second WSOP bracelet after winning the Ladies Event in 2013. Her victory marked the first bracelet awarded to a woman this summer. She also became the only Canadian woman to win a second bracelet, and the only Canadian woman to win an open WSOP event.

There is still one more Canadian hope for a bracelet — the biggest one of all. Griffin Benger has found a seat at the WSOP Main Event final table and is guaranteed at least $1 million for making it that far. But he’ll have his sights set on the title of World Champion which comes with $8 million and the final WSOP bracelet of the summer.

Canadian WSOP Attendance

YearTotal EntriesCountries RepresentedBracelet EventsAmerican Entries (Bracelets)Canadian Entries (Bracelets)
2016107,8331076984,027 (52)4,586 (1)
2015103,5121116882,439 (46)4,871 (4)
201482,3601076578,165 (51)6,045 (0)
201379,4711066257,040 (41)4,118 (10)

Despite the growth of the WSOP in both the number of events and the number of players, Canadian attendance is on a downward trend. This could be due to the current poor state of the Canadian dollar or the continued frustration for the tax deduction on prize money or the increased number of top-quality Canadian and European poker series that Canadians would rather play.

In other statistics, the average field size for WSOP events reached an all-time high of 1,563. The average age of players was 41 and female players made up just over five percent of tournament entries. There were three players who won two bracelets this summer: Jason Mercier, Benny Glaser, and Ian Johns all found victory twice.

The Main Event received 6,737 entries which was a five percent increase over last year. And Day 1c of the Main Event was the largest Main Event starting flight ever, receiving 4,240 entries in a single day.

The final Canadian hope of the summer is on Griffin Benger who will return to the felt on the big stage under the bright lights on October 30 to try to become the 2016 WSOP World Champion as the action is broadcast live around the world on ESPN across three nights.

Details and photo courtesy of WSOP.

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