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2013 WSOP is smashing Attendance Records

A couple of years ago, many people thought that the glory days of the World Series of Poker were over with. After all, online poker took a big hit in 2011 following the events of Black Friday and it was thought that the game’s popularity would take a nosedive.

But here we are over two years after Black Friday and the world’s biggest poker extravaganza is going stronger than ever. Through 31 events, which is exactly the halfway point, the 2013 WSOP has attracted 40,039 players. This is up 27% from the 2012 WSOP and tops the halfway record set just two years ago in 2011. As pointed out, the 40,039 entrants is more than the total players in the first 26 WSOP’s combined (38,748).

The money is definitely flowing this year too since the 31 tournaments have combined for $54,109,710. This is 10% more than the $49,095,775 that was generated from the 2012 WSOP’s first 31 events. The $54.1 million is also more than any amount awarded in an entire WSOP prior to 2005. If you’d like to see some other interesting stats on the first half of the 2013 WSOP, check out these numbers:

6,343 – Number of players in the Event #6 Millionaire Maker. This is the largest non-Main Event field size in WSOP history.

$1,199,104 – The amount that Millionaire Maker winner Benny Chen earned.

7 – The number of gold bracelets that Canada has won so far, which is a record for them. This total is especially impressive when you consider that Canadians make up just 5.1% of the WSOP field size, yet have won 25% of the bracelets.

66.67% – The percentage of 2013 WSOP tournaments that Dan Kelly has cashed in. He’s entered 12 tourneys and cashed in 8 of them.

4,407 – The amount of players who entered the Event #26 Seniors NL Hold’em Championship. This is yet another record from the 2013 WSOP.