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WSOP Main Event draws bumper field

The 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event has defied the doubters to produce its third-largest field ever. Following the events of Black Friday many American online players had seen their accounts frozen, with some funds still not returned nearly three months later. This led to predictions that entry levels for the Main Event would be massively down on previous years, but this has not proved to be the case.

A total of 6,865 players have stumped up $10,000 to buy in to the showpiece tournament, placing the 2011 event behind only its 2006 and 2010 counterparts on the all-time entry list. Day 1D, the last of the four starting days, was the most popular, attracting 2,802 registrants.

The total prize pool stands at $64,531,000, with payouts beginning at $19,359 for 693rd place, while the winner of the Main Event will take home $8.7 million.

“This summer underscores the appeal of the game and the power of this event,” said WSOP executive director Ty Stewart. “We're so thankful for all those who came from around the world to demonstrate that poker continues to grow.”
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