The World Series of Poker has exceeded expectations and shattered records during its debut performance on the Las Vegas Strip after what has been dubbed as “an exciting eight weeks of play”.
Caesars disclosed a relocation for the 53rd annual tournament during the latter stages of 2021 in a move that it asserted “ushers in a new era” following a 17-year run at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The WSOP, which featured appearances from the likes of Lisa Vanderpump, Vince Vaughn and Neymar Jr, has moved to Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas, the future Horseshoe Las Vegas.
In addition to delivering Espen Jorstad’s main event victory, the maiden appearance on the Strip also brought its largest prize pools ever and a near record-breaking number of entries.
In total, the 2022 WSOP live and online bracelet events saw a total of 197,626 entries from over 100 countries with a record-breaking $347.9m total prize pool, eclipsing the previous record from 2019 of $293.18m
The 2022 main event attracted a total of 8,663 entries, making it the second largest in WSOP history. It also welcomed participants from 87 countries competing for the $10m first place prize.
“As this year’s WSOP comes to a close, we reflect on yet another event that exceeded our expectations,” said Ty Stewart, World Series of Poker Senior Vice President and Executive Director.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the players who travelled from near and far to make our first year on The Strip an overwhelming success. After 52 years, we are finally a Strip headliner, and this couldn’t be possible without the help of our great team members.”