It’s official: the Main Event of the 50th World Series of Poker has secured the second-biggest field ever, with 8,569 entries and a prize pool exceeding $80 million. For the first time since 2014, the first-place prize is certain to hit the eight-figure mark. It will be bested only by Jamie Gold’s record $12 million win in 2006, a year many refer to as ‘the height of the poker boom’.
The 2019 winner will come in joint second on the list of biggest WSOP Main Event winners of all time, tying with Swedish professional Martin Jacobson. Jacobson collected $10 million in prize money in 2014, after beating a field 6,683 entrants strong.
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