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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

The Record Breaking 2011 WSOP

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With the Main Event well underway, the 42nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) can now officially be declared as the biggest tournament series of all-time with 75,672 entrants. Including the Main Event, the 58 events created a total record setting prize pool of $191,999,010.

Over the last 42 years, the WSOP has awarded $1,420,374,131 in prize money; not counting this years’ Main Event. And once again, this year’s WSOP set several records, making history time and again as previous records were shattered.

The Ageless WSOP  
Proving that the WSOP draws players from every age bracket, this year the youngest was Logan Deen, from Cocoa, Florida who celebrated his 21st birthday by playing Day 1-B of the Main Event and he survived! The oldest player to participate was 91-year-old Ellen Deeb, grandmother of poker pro Shaun Deeb, who played Day 1-C of the Main Event. When Ellen busted out, she pulled out $10,000 cash from her purse hoping to re-enter the tournament. Unfortunately the Main Event has no re-buys, so she will have to wait until 2012 to try again.

Other age statistics at the WSOP were:

•    Average Age of Entrants: 37.33
•    Average Age of Cashers: 36.31
•    Average Age of Final Tables: 33.61
•    Average Age of Winners: 31.10

This year also saw the biggest Seniors event in history with 3,752 players and a record setting prize pool of $3,376,800.

The WSOP Knows No Boundaries

When it comes to participants, the WSOP draws players from the four corners of the world. All in all, there were players from 50 US states and 98 countries entered including 10 Canadian Providences and two territories. Not counting the Main Event, there were players from 73 countries that cashed. The top US state cashes so far are:

1. California:  951 Cashes $16,183,498
2. Nevada: 813 Cashes $16,875,736
3. Florida 360 Cashes $6,428,270
4. Texas 359 Cashes $6,406,274
5. New York 301 $8,208,865

The Players

The WSOP naturally draws the biggest names in poker. This year however, just one has hit gold more than once; of the 57 WSOP gold bracelets awarded, only Brian Rast has won two. As of the start of the Main Event, the current leader of the WSOP Player of the Year race was Phil Hellmuth who cashed in five events and placed second in three of them. For all time cashes and final tables, Hellmuth is the individual all-time leader with 84 cashes and 43 final table appearances.

The eight players who entered the most events up until the Main Event were:

•    Tom Dwan – 52 (cashed three times)
•    Shannon Shorr – 42 (one cash)
•    Justin Smith – 41 (two cashes)
•    George Lind – 38 (two cashes)
•    Roland Israelashvili – 38 (six cashes)
•    Jason Mercier – 37 (five cashes)
•    Sorel Mizzi – 37 (four cashes)
•    Paul Volpe – 37 (five cashes)
When it comes to who has the most cashes so far: Kirill Rabtsov and Ben Yu each have seven. There are 11 players who have cashed six times and 42 players who have cashed five times. The six players who had won the most money going into the Main Event were:

1.    Brian Rast – three cashes for $1,952,443
2.    Phil Hellmuth – five cashes for $1,591,004
3.    Ben Lamb – four cashes for $1,331,832
4.    Joe Ebanks – three cashes for $1,179,031
5.    Chris Moorman – five cashes for $1,051,466
6.    Allen Bari – four cashes for $894,259

For all time cashes and final tables: Phil Hellmuth is the individual all-time leader with 84 cashes and 43 final table appearances.

And the Award Goes To….

The record holder for the most cashes at the WSOP without a win? Tony Cousineau of Daytona Beach, Florida. He has cashed 49 times since 1999 without a first place victory. The record holder for going the longest between cashes at the WSOP is held by Artie Cobb. His first cash was in 1976 and 35 years later, he cashed this year in Event #35, the Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split event. If there was an award for attending the most consecutive WSOP’s then it would go to Howard ‘Tahoe’ Andrew of Walnut Creek, California. Howard attended his first WSOP in 1973 and has been back every year - making it 38 in a row.

The WSOP Ladies

Although only 3,637 of 68,807 entrants were female, they have made an impressive showing.
The four ladies who won the most money were:

•    Maria Ho – two cashes for $544,262
•    Marsha Wolak – two cashes for $194,239 (Ladies NLH Event Winner)
•    Vanessa Peng – two cashes for $137,983
•    Stephanie Nguyen – one cash for $131,900
The ladies who cashed in the most events were:

•    Melanie Weisner – cashed in five events for $42,894
•    Erica Schoenberg – cashed in four events to win $16,515
•    Cyndy Violette – cashed in four events for $43,885
•    Veronica Dabul – cashed in three events to win $15,143
The Ladies who entered the most events were:

•    Erica Schoenberg – 24 (cashed four times)
•    Maria Ho – 23 (cashed twice)
•    Liv Boeree – 23 (no cashes)
•    Jennifer Tilly – 22 (two cashes)
•    Odette Tremblay – 22 (cashed once)
•    Vanessa Selbst – 20 (one cash)

Forty-six of 58 events in this year’s WSOP had a prize pool of $1 million or more, making it the tournament series with the most million-dollar tournaments in history. The biggest single day for attendance was the $1,000 buy-in event Event #30 which attracted 3,752 players. With numbers like that - it is easy to see why hands down, the World Series Of Poker is still the best tournament series in the world.

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