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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2009

Records Set at 2009 WSOP

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Every year of the World Series of Poker, there seem to be more records broken and history made. Without breaking the record for the most entrants to the Main Event, there are numerous other opportunities to make poker history at the WSOP. And the 2009 WSOP did just that.

After the numbers for the Main Event had been calculated and finalized, it was determined that the 57 events, including said Main Event, drew a total of 60,875 players, which set a new record. Those entrants created a cumulative prize pool for all events of $174,011,894. While the latter number is not a record, the amount was nevertheless impressive, and the number of entrants held its own as a record. And with that new total dollar amount, it brought the 40-year WSOP total of money paid out in cash to WSOP players to $1,041,265,271, surpassing the $1 billion mark as predicted would happen on Day 1C of the Main Event.

All in all, the entrants to the 2009 WSOP came from 115 nations and territories throughout the world for the Las Vegas tournaments. Among the records set this year, one was that 39 of the 57 tournaments garnered prize pools of $1 million or more, ten of which actually sold out, including the Main Event. One of those tournaments, the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Stimulus Special (Event 4), brought 6,012 players to the tables, which set another record for the largest ever non-Main Event tournament in the world.

Some of the other events setting records included the largest ever prize pool for a seven-card stud high-low 8-or-better tournament, which was $1,541,600; the largest Omaha high-low split event with 918 players, the largest 2-7 lowball tournament with 238 registrants, and the biggest pot-limit Omaha tournament with 809 entries. In addition, the seniors-only no-limit hold’em tournament drew a record number of 2,707 players, which beat the previous record of 2008 by about 22 percent. Those numbers represented other records for the seniors event, like the biggest prize pool of $2,463,700, and the biggest first place prize of $427,358.

The most gold bracelets ever awarded in a single year became a distinguished honor tied by Jeffrey Lisandro, who became the fifth player to ever win three bracelets in a single WSOP year. In addition, Berry Johnston wrote his own page in the history books by becoming the player with the longest record of cashes in bracelet events, making it 27 years straight that he has cashed in the WSOP.

And there were some age records set as well, with Jack Ury again setting the record as the oldest player in any WSOP event, coming in this year at 96-years old. And the $5,000 no-limit hold’em shootout tournament was comprised of the youngest final table in WSOP history, with all players at the final table between the ages of 21 and 24.

WSOP President and Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack noted, “Our results have exceeded every expectation. The enormous global demand for high-stakes poker and our coveted gold bracelet have been on display at the Rio for the past five weeks, and we’re looking forward to continuing on with the Main Event and setting this year’s November Nine.”

That should be accomplished sometime in the late hours of July 15, when the November Nine are determined and the 2009 WSOP breaks until the return for the final table in November.

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