That's a boatload of cash in play in Las Vegas at the most prestigious poker tournament in the world. $10 million is a huge payday any way you cut it, especially for a $10,000 investment. Yep, first place in the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event will earn $10 million in the first year that the WSOP migrated away from the Rio to its new home on the Strip splitting between Paris and Bally's.
Okay, so this year's Main Event had four starting flights and two Day 2s. Players were permitted to buy in on Day 2, which is why the final numbers were not released until last night.
The 2022 WSOP Main Event attracted 8,663 runners, which is second-best in the history of the event. 2006 is still the big dog with 8,773 runners when Jamie Gold banked $12 million. But 2022 is the second-best year, which is impressive.
The total prize pool for the 2022 WSOP Main Event is $80,782,475. The top 1,300 places get paid out this year, with a min-cash worth $15,000, which seems like a lot of lucky souls and bucket list types will get to say that they cashed in the WSOP.
Only eight of the final nine players at the final table will earn a guaranteed seven-figure payout. However, the winner banks an eight-figure score. Ninth place still gets $850,675, which is not shabby at all.
There's a significant pay jump from first-place to second-place from $6M to $10M. Third place gets $4M and fourth place gets $3M. Fifth will get $2.25M, while sixth gets %1.75M, and seventh banks $1.35M. Eight place gets a little over $1M.
A total of 2,993 runners will combine fields and return for Day 3. Muhammad Abdel Rahim bagged the lead after Day 2D with 936,500 in chips. Bryan Kenney also found a big bag at the end of Day 2D with 665K.
Gavin Munroe from Day 2ABC is the overall leader with1,061,500 and he's the only stack over 1M. Ayaz Mahmood bagged 618K after Day 2.
Notables with big stacks include Jason DeWitt, Nick Maimone, Upeshka De Silba, Brent Roberts, Shannon Shorr, Jesse Sylvia, Victor Paredes, Dan Hachem, Jon Turner, Philip Hui, Aaron Mermelstein, Alexandre Reard, Kenny Tran, Greg Merson, John Juanda, and Ali Imsirovic.
The final table is set for Friday, July 15 and the final nine will play down to the final four. The final table concludes Saturday, July 16 and will play from four to a champion. Who will win $10 million and become the next big star in poker? Stay tuned to find out.