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2016 WSOP Main Event the fifth largest all time

Written by Ben Blaschke

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, currently underway in Las Vegas, has attracted its fifth largest field of all time.

A total of 6,737 players forked out the US$10,000 entry fee over three Day 1 flights earlier this week, creating a prize pool of almost US$70 million and a first prize of US$8 million. It is the WSOP’s biggest main event field since 2011.


The 2016 WSOP has already been a hugely successful one for Chinese players, with 48-year-old Yue Du from Chongqing City becoming just the second Chinese player of all time to win a WSOP bracelet when he took down a US$5,000 No Limit Hold’em event.

Yueqi Zhu, Yang Zhang and Yaxi Zhu have also reached final tables throughout the series.