The total prize-pool awarded throughout the entirety of the 2012 World Series of Poker was by far the largest in the history of the tournament series; in fact it was a 15.6% increase over the previous record set at the 2011 WSOP. In all $222,035,192 was won daring the 2012 WSOP, but of course this statistic does need to have a caveat attached, as the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament was responsible for a massive $42,666,672.
The 2012 WSOP Main Event pulled in an impressive $62,021,200.
Female Winners and Final Tables
The 2012 WSOP will likely go down as the Year of the One Drop tournament, but it could very well be known as the Year of the Women, as the ladies had perhaps their best WSOP of all-time, winning two three bracelets (one of which was obviously the Ladies Championship) and making more final tables than in any other WSOP tournament series: 12.
The 12 final tables by females at the 2012 WSOP dwarfs the five final tables they made in 2011 and is the most by women at any WSOP, and their bracelet haul is the best since 2004, when Hung Doan, Cyndy Violette, Annie Duke and Kathy Liebert all won bracelets.
The Main Event
The 6,598 entrants in the 2012 World Series of poker Main Event was the fifth most in the history of the tournament series. Here is a look at the WSOP attendance numbers for the Main Event since 2003:
- 2003 WSOP — 839 entrants
- 2004 WSOP — 2,576 entrants
- 2005 WSOP — 5,619 entrants
- 2006 WSOP — 8,773 entrants
- 2007 WSOP — 6,358 entrants
- 2008 WSOP — 6,844 entrants
- 2009 WSOP — 6,494 entrants
- 2010 WSOP — 7,319 entrants
- 2011 WSOP — 6,865 entrants
- 2012 WSOP – 6,598 entrants
Player of the Year Race is Wide Open
With zero double-bracelet winners the WSOP Player of the Year award could go to any number of players, depending on their WSOP Main Event performance and how they fare at the 2012 WSOP Europe. This is the first time since 1999 that no player won multiple bracelets during the WSOP.
Compare that to 2009 when five players won at least two bracelets, including Phil Ivey and Jeffrey Lisandro – Lisandro won three bracelets in 2009, all in Seven-Card-Stud disciplines.
WSOP All-Time Records
As you might expect, Phil Hellmuth’s name is all over the World Series of Poker record-book, but I don’t think too many people realize just how astounding his WSOP accomplishments have been. Phil is the all-time leader in the three most important categories at the WSOP, and really nobody else is even close.
- Bracelets (12) – Phil Hellmuth
- Cashes (91) — Phil Hellmuth
- Final Tables (47) – Phil Hellmuth
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