The 2016 WSOP marked yet another banner year for the annual poker tournament series. Big records were set in terms of attendance, while several other impressive stats stand out from the event. That said, let’s take a look at what WSOP attendance records were set along with other stats from 2016.
Most Players at the WSOP – 107,833
Last year, the WSOP smashed an overall attendance mark by attracting 103,512 players – up 25% from the previous summer. The 2016 WSOP didn’t feature as impressive of a percentage increase, but it did set a new record for entrants with 107,833 – up 4.2% from 2015. With so many players taking part this summer, it’s a wonder how high the WSOP can climb.
Highest Average WSOP Tournament Attendance – 1,563
Another record that sticks out is how the 69 tournaments this summer drew an average of 1,563 players. This is amazing when you consider that the WSOP Main Event didn’t even reach this number until 2004.
A lot of poker players left Vegas happy since 15,767 of the 107,833 total entrants cashed. Taking player feedback into account, the WSOP has been making a more-concentrated effort to disperse prize money across a larger percentage of the field, rather than offering gaudy prizes at the top.
An International Affair – 107 Countries
Poker is becoming more and more of a global game, with 107 of the world’s 195 countries represented. It’s little surprise that America had the most players at 84,027 since it’s the host country. But Canada (4,586), the UK (4,388), France (1,293), Russia (1,280), Germany (1,169), and Brazil (970) were all well-represented too.
Fifth-Largest WSOP Main Event – 6,737 Players
It seems like the WSOP Main Event peaked for good at the 2006 ME, which drew 8,773 players and saw Jamie Gold win a $12 million prize. But the 2016 Main Event marked the first time that attendance has increased since 2011. This year’s ME drew 6,737 players, making it the fifth-largest field in the tournament’s history.
Based on all of these impressive numbers, it’ll be interested to see if the 2017 WSOP marks yet another year of growth.