My husband and I made a quick trip to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this past weekend to watch Days 5 and 6 of the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. He went to rail a few of his friends who made deep runs, including Marcel Luske and Kathy Liebert.
Day 5 was notable for the number of women still left in the field. Liebert, one of the best women poker players of all time, was knocked out in 251st place for $40,181. Yuan-Yuan Li had the distinction of being this year’s “last women standing” when she finished in 105th place ($53,247) leaving Barbara Enright as the only woman to ever make the final table.
Only 272 female players entered the Main Event, which in my opinion is a dismal number considering this was the third largest WSOP ever. The total number of entrants in the Main Event was 7,221, the highest total since 2010. The all-time record is still the 8,773 players that entered the 2006 Main Event at the height of the poker boom.
There were 27 players left at the start of this week. Unlike previous years, the Main Event champion will be crowned in July for the first time since 2007. Since 2008, the WSOP adopted the Nov. 9 format, which halted play for three months once the final nine players were reached.
ESPN and Poker Central entered into a new deal with the WSOP. ESPN will broadcast 40 hours of live coverage (with a delay) of the Main Event for the first time. The network will also produce 16 edited shows beyond the Main Event.
This year the World Champion will take home $8,150,000 while all nine players who make the final table will take home at least $1 million. The final table will be held on Thursday, July 20 and run through Saturday, July 22. It will be aired live with a 30-minute delay on ESPN and ESPN2.
This is the one event that always catapults players from obscurity into the poker elite. By this time next week, there will be a new household name in the poker world. I can’t wait!
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