2019 WSOP Main Event posts huge numbers

It was a near-record setting field in this year’s World Series of Poker main event.

The Rio Amazon Room was bursting at the seems as an 8,569-player field tried their luck for poker’s most prestigious prize, the $10,000 main event. That number is up from last year, when 7,874 tried their luck. It still trails the record-setting field of 8,773 players that took part in the 2006 main event.

Who is left in the 2019 WSOP Main Event?

The prize pool this year hit $80,548,600, which means whoever wins the main event is in for a $10 million payday. Everyone who makes the final table this year will receive a seven-figure cash. Ninth place receives exactly $1 million, while the runner-up will bank $6 million.

The position no one wants to finish in this year is 1287th. That’s because this year’s money bubble is 1286th place, which pays $15,000.

From the initial 8,569 players that ponied up the $10,000 needed to play the main event only 2,880 remained heading into Day 3 action on Monday, July 8. The chip leader at the time was Julian Milliard with 947,900 chips.

Last year’s WSOP Main Event champ John Cynn remains in the running for a rare main event repeat. Cynn does have a lot of work to do to get there with 248,900 chips heading into Day 3. Other former main event winners still standing include Jim Bechtel, Scotty Nguyen and two-time champ Johnny Chan.

There is still a long way to go before the 2019 main event champion will be crowned. Once they reach the final table of nine, scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 14, they will play down to six.

The final six begin play on Monday July 15 where they will play until only three remain. The final three return to the tables on Tuesday, July 16 where they will play until this year’s winner is determined.