2019 WSOP Day 7: Big 50 Makes History

2019 WSOP Day 7: Big 50 Makes History

The numbers have been revealed. The Big 50 did, in fact, make history.

It had the most total number of tournament entries at 28,371. It had 17,970 unique entries, setting a new WSOP record by beating the 2017 Colossus by 17%. It had the largest prize pool ever for a $500 buy-in tournament at $13,509,435. It had the most places paid for said tournament at 4,258.

The Big 50 also exceeded the average percentage of women in a typical poker tournament. The average is typically between 3% and 5% of a tournament field, but the Big 50 showed 7.02% female in the total number of entries, with 7.3% from the total number of unique buy-ins.

Other interesting numbers:

Total number of player entries:

–One entry:  11,555

–Two entries:  3,969

–Three entries:  1,473

–Four entries:  599

–Five entries:  244

–Six entries:  92

–Seven entries:  28

–Eight Entries:  10

Average age of entrants:  44 years old

Oldest entrant:  91

Number of countries reflected in buy-ins:  89

Number of dealers required:  1,208

Number of card decks used:  4,912

Now, back to the basics. On Tuesday, June 4, this is what happened.

Event 3:  $500 Big 50 NLHE – Day 2D

Entries:  28,371 (17,970 unique players)

Prize pool:  $13,509,435

Players paid:  4,258

Minimum payout:  $750

Winner payout:  $1,150,500 (estimated)

Players remaining:  1,597

Day 2A chip leader:  Mikhail Vilkov (Russian Federation) – 3,475,000 chips

Day 2B chip leader:  Jerald Willilamson (USA) – 4,105,000 chips

Day 2C chip leader:  Saya Ono (USA) – 3,810,000 chips

Day 2D chip leader:  Zachary Ackley (USA) – 2,925,000 chips

Day 3 starting time:  11am today

Event 8:  $10K Short Deck NLHE – Final

Total entries:  114

Prize pool:  $1,071,600

Players paid:  18

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Alex Epstein (USA) – $296,227

2nd place:  Thai Ha (USA) – $183,081

3rd place:  Anson Tsang (Hong Kong) – $130,482

4th place:  Chance Kornuth (USA) – $93,593

5th place:  Rene van Krevelen (Netherlands) – $67,566

6th place:  Yong Wang (China) – $49,095

Event 9:  $600 NLHE Deep Stack – Day 2 of 3

Total entries: 6,151

Prize pool:  $3,229,275

Players paid:  923

Minimum payout:  $874

Winner payout:  $398,281

Day 2 players remaining: 9

Final table chip counts:

Paul Jain (USA) – 41.7 million

Jeremy Pekarek (USA) – 21.8 million

David Elet (USA) – 21.3 million

Noomis Jones (USA) – 21.1 million

Juan Magana (Mexico) – 19.5 million

Tan Nguyen (USA) – 18.4 million

Benjamin Underwood (Canada) – 17.6 million

Dan Kuntzman (USA) – 11.6 million

John Skrovan (USA) – 11.6 million

Day 3 starting time:  3pm

Event 10:  $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  470

Prize pool:  $634,500

Players paid:  71

Minimum payout:  $2,250

Winner payout:  $144,957

Day 2 players remaining:  21

Chip leader:  Benny Glaser (UK) – 489,500 chips

Day 3 starting time:  2pm

Event 11:  $5K NLHE – Day 2 of 4

Total entries:  400

Prize pool:  $1,860,000

Players paid:  60

Minimum payout:  $7,476

Winner payout:  $442,385

Day 2 players remaining: 27

Chip leader:  Pauli Ayras (Finland) – 1 million chips

Day 3 starting time:  2pm

Event 12:  $1K NLHE Super Turbo Bounty – Final

Total entries:  2,452

Prize pool:  $1,471,200

Players paid:  368

Minimum payout:  $1,000

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Daniel Park (USA) – $226,243

2nd place:  Erik Cajelais (Canada) – $139,731

3rd place:  Jennifer Dennis (USA) – $102,010

4th place:  Emil Tiller (USA) – $75,149

5th place:  Marcelo Giordano Mendes (Brazil) – $55,869

6th place:  John Yelaney (USA) – $41,920

7th place:  Travis Sargent (USA) – $31,748

8th place:  Lian Liu (USA) – $24,271

9th place:  Ferit Bulutoglu (USA) – $18,731

Event 13:  $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw – Day 1 of 3

Total entries:  296

Prize pool:  $399,600

Players paid:  45

Minimum payout:  $2,242

Winner payout:  $96,278

Day 1 players remaining:  63

Chip leader:  Steven Tabb (USA) – 185,400 chips

Day 2 starting time:  2pm

Notable Information

Alex Epstein won his first WSOP bracelet in the inaugural Short Deck tournament. He had been honing his short deck skills of late, refocusing his time from PLO. His decision to play Event 8 was to go with a higher variance event than his PLO cash games, and his plan worked.

“Walking to the Rio today, I was thinking that I just wanted to enjoy the experience,” he told PokerNews. “I knew that the other good players at the final table were short stacks, so I had a very good chance if things broke my way.”

Daniel Park also took down his first WSOP event, something he called a dream. “I can’t believe it right now,” he said. “It’s so unreal.” He played only one day to capture the title in a turbo structure, and the native of South Korea will now take some of the profit and play the Main Event later in the series.

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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