Las Vegas, July 2011

The 42nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) Presented at the Rio-All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, broke all records even in the face of the Full Tilt and Pokerstars fiasco, following the indictments brought by the F.B.I and Department of Justice, when poker enthusiasts from more than 100 nations travelled to compete in the holy grail of poker.

The WSOP remains the biggest and best tournament series ever, with a record 75,672 entries in 58 events creating the largest prize pool in WSOP history: $191,999,010.

With the doom cloud hanging over poker in the States, specifically online poker, it just goes to prove that this industry has gone from being a recreational pastime for so many to being a “JOB” that can create millionaires overnight and a perfectly respectable job that parents are prepared to except their offspring following as a career option.

The new all-time high in entrants surpassed the previous record of 72,966, up about 4%, set last year.This year’s record prize pool eclipsed the previous high of $187,109,850 set in 2010. But it’s not just the kids that are getting involved. This year saw the largest senior’s event in history.

Yes the 50 plus brigade- including our very own Gary Collins from the Marbella Mob- came out in force for Event #30 attractinga whopping 3,752 players, also a record entry for people sitting down on day 1of any event ever.For the seventh consecutive year, the WSOP generated a total prize pool well in excess of $100 million.

The swarm of Brit’s over there are still celebrating following bracelet wins in three events and filling their suitcases with almost $8 million Dollars. Congratulations to CarstenJoh-winner of last year’s Marbella Mob Open- for cashing in two events this year.

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