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    Default WSOP winner will net more than $9 million

    Registration is complete at the WSOP, and 6,844 players will vie for the Main Event title, up a bit from last year's total of 6,358.

    The winner will take home more than $9.1 million, also up from last year's $8.25 million.

    Here's a link to an AP story on the final "day 1" of the tournament, which includes some interesting side stories, like a new disguise for Phil "The Unabomber" Laak.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...ker-Glance.php

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    Good article by Jeff Haney of the Las Vegas Sun, detailing why the WSOP is expanding while a number of other large tournament circuits are experiencing shrinking numbers and prize pools.

    The impressive size of this year’s field in the main event, also known as the “Big One,” cements the World Series of Poker’s status as the game’s premier destination.

    It also speaks to the international popularity of the World Series of Poker — and possibly to the strength of foreign currencies against the American dollar in 2008. Even before the main event, the 2008 World Series, in its 39th year, had set a record with players from 104 countries or territories competing in its various tournaments. That’s more than competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics, World Series of Poker spokesman Nolan Dalla pointed out. The old record was 87, set last year.

    The number of entrants picked up significantly as the weekend progressed, with Day 1A on Thursday drawing 1,297 players, followed by 1,158 Friday, 1,928 Saturday and 2,461 Sunday.

    The total prize pool exceeds $64.3 million, with 666 players to earn prize money of at least $21,230, making it the second-largest tournament in history behind the 2006 main event.

    The field in the 2008 main event exceeds the total number of players in the first 34 years of the World Series combined, according to Dalla. The years 1970-2003 drew a total of 6,809 players.
    Full story here ... http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008...cements-statu/

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