Up four percent from last year, the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) attracted a record-breaking 107,833 entries and doled out $221,211,336 in prize money – the third largest prize pool in the festival’s history. This was the fourth time the prize pool surpassed $200 million and 15,767 places were paid in total.
The 2016 WSOP Main Event – the world’s most prestigious poker tournament – attracted 6,737 players and the top 1,011 places were paid. The 2016 Main Event Final Table has been set and the final players, commonly known as the “November Nine,” will come together at the end of October to battle it out for the $8,000,000 first-place prize.
Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy finished with the chip lead. After seven days of play, the following remained as the final table of WSOP Main Event players:
Seat 1: Grffin Benger, Canada – 26,175,000 chips
Seat 2: Vojtech Ruzicka, Czech Republic – 27,300,000 chips
Seat 3: Fernando Pons, Spain – 6,150,000
Seat 4: Qui Nguyen, USA – 67,295,000
Seat 5: Cliff Josephy, USA – 74,600,000
Seat 6: Michael Ruane, USA – 31,600,000
Seat 7: Gordon Vayo, USA – 49,375,000
Seat 8: Kenny Hallaert, Belgium – 43,325,000
Seat 9: Jerry Wong, USA – 10,175,000
The Penn & Teller Theatre will host the final table on Oct. 30 inside the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The players are all each guaranteed at least $1 million in winnings.
Other 2016 WSOP Main Event facts:
Average age per participant: 41.12 years old
Percentage of male players: 94.87
Percentage of players from the United States: 77.92 percent
Second largest group of participants: Canadians
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