WSOP's 'Gladiators of Poker' Sets New Records with Astonishing Turnout
The World Series of Poker's (WSOP) "Gladiators of Poker" No-limit Hold'em tournament has taken the poker world by storm with its astonishing turnout, setting new records and surpassing expectations. The event, featuring a $300 buy-in, closed registration on June 10 with a jaw-dropping 23,102 players signed up, shattering the tournament's $3 million guaranteed total prize pool.
This massive participation in the "Gladiators of Poker" tournament has solidified its place as the second-largest live event in WSOP history. It is second only to the monumental "Big 50" No-limit Hold'em tournament in 2019, which saw an incredible 28,371 participants. The astounding number of players in the current tournament is a testament to the enduring appeal and growing popularity of the WSOP.
Surviving players from all four flights will gather at the prestigious Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas venues, resuming play on Sunday. The competition is expected to be intense, with the final table showdown scheduled for Monday, generating high anticipation among poker enthusiasts.
One of the notable figures in the tournament is the legendary Daniel Negreanu, a six-time WSOP bracelet winner. Negreanu emerged as one of the chip leaders during Day 1A, further solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with in the poker world. His presence adds an extra layer of excitement to the already electric atmosphere of the tournament. In 2022, Negreanu won an impressive $4,875,609 by participating in 107 events, showcasing his exceptional skill and prowess.
Another remarkable record was broken during the WSOP series, as the $1,500 buy-in Razz tournament witnessed the largest field in WSOP history, with a staggering 556 entries. This demonstrates how the WSOP continues to captivate and inspire poker enthusiasts worldwide with its unparalleled scale and competitive spirit.
Looking ahead, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart aims to replicate the success of 2006, which saw the highest Main Event attendance in WSOP history with 8,773 players. This milestone was largely attributed to the legendary Chris Moneymaker, whose Cinderella story of qualifying through an $86 online tournament inspired a generation of poker players. Stewart remains confident and determined to create another historic moment.
Despite aiming for a modest 1% growth this year, Stewart guarantees that the upcoming WSOP Main Event on July 3 will set a new milestone worth aspiring to. To commemorate Moneymaker's impact on the poker world, PBKC's Poker Room hosted the inaugural stop of the Moneymaker Tour in May. The tour featured 20 tournaments with over $1 million in guaranteed prize money, further cementing Moneymaker's status as a legend in the poker community.
With its incredible turnout, shattered records, and the promise of more excitement to come, the WSOP's "Gladiators of Poker" tournament has proven to be an unforgettable event. The enduring appeal of the WSOP and the passion it ignites among poker enthusiasts continue to make it the premier tournament in the poker world.