Main Event first prize is set at $8.5M as 2012 WSOP overall prizepool hits record high
The first-prize winner of the WSOP Main Event is set to pick up an impressive $8,527,982, it’s been revealed.
The sum will be the sixth biggest prize ever awarded to a WSOP main event champion. After several Day 1s, 6,598 players posted $10,000 to create a $62,021,200 prizepool.
Of the registered players, at least 666 will be making a profit, with the minimum cash $19,227 for 666th place. Making it to the final table will mean that players will be guaranteed a $754,798 payday and the winner will pocket over $8.5 million.
This year’s World Series Of Poker saw an overall turnout of 74,766 entrants, the second highest in WSOP history. The total prizepool of the entire series is a staggering $222,035,192, destroying the previous record of $192,008,868 set last year. The ‘Big One for One Drop, ’ with its $1 million buy-in, understandably helped boost the prizepool, and with the charity bash rumoured to be expanded next year, expect that record to be broken again.