The WSOP Glitz and Hall Of Fame Glamour
The 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event is the second biggest ever recorded in WSOP history, with a whopping 7,874 registered players. The $10,000 buy-in tournament grew at a steady pace of 9% year over year and scored the largest single flight in WSOP history by clocking 4571 entries on 1C.
Well this only keeps us guessing on the prize pool. Totaling $74 million, with the top 1182 being paid and 8.8$ million going to the eventual winner, that’s one prize you wouldn’t want to take your eyes off!
With poker becoming a global sport, there’s no better way to prove that than to see 88 different countries take part in this year’s WSOP. The United States contributing the most players by far with 5,758. Canada was second on the list of countries represented with 415, the UK third with 350, and France fourth with 136.
Here are some other fun facts regarding the 2018 WSOP Main Event:
- 393,700,000 value of chips in play (most ever)
- 267,716 physical chips in play (each player started with 34 individual chips)
- 760 dealers
- 1,694 decks of cards utilized
- 88-year-old John Olsen of Moss Point, Mississippi was the oldest player in the field.
- Nicholas Dashinau of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania was the younger player in the field after turning 21 on July 1.
Main Event Demographic
The average age of 2018 WSOP Main Event participants is 41.23. For males, the average is 43.71 and for females, 41.13. Here is a more detailed look at the age ranges of this year’s participants.
The Poker Hall of Fame is certainly an eclectic mixture. All members have impacted poker in a profound manner. World Series of Poker has released its annual list of finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame.
The list includes two WSOP Main Event Champions and several other well-known player. Here are the 10 finalists:
- Chris Bjorin
- David Chiu
- Mori Eskandani
- Bruno Fitoussi
- John Hennigan
- Mike Matusow
- Chris Moneymaker
- David Oppenheim
- Matt Savage
- Huckleberry Seed
(IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER)
Of the 10, eight are previous finalists. The only new additions are Oppenheim and Hennigan.
Now, the 28 living Hall of Famers and an 18-person panel of media members will decide who will be in this year’s class. The WSOP will induct the 2018 class on July 13 during the ESPN broadcast of the Main Event.
With that said, some of the people on the finalist list stick out as especially deserving.
Chiu is certainly one of the all-time greats. He may be the best player to start as a dealer in history.
He has won five WSOP bracelets in three different types of poker. He has 74 WSOP cashes and won the 2008 WPT World Championship.
The WPT win earned him a $3.3 million payday and though it’s his best win, that prize is not even half his lifetime winnings, which total just over $8 million.
He’s one of those players – you simply don’t realize how good they are.
“Johnny World” is one of the more underrated masters in the game. He doesn’t often appear in high profile events – he just wins.
His five WSOP bracelets have come in many different events. He remains a top player, with seven cashes, four final tables, and a win in the 2018 World Series of Poker already.
Hennigan also gets credit for appearing in the poker movie Lucky You. He played the role of a poker player named Ralph who gets coolered out of the Main Event by Eric Bana.
Any pre-Moneymaker World Champion deserves consideration for immortality, and Huck Seed is no different. The 1996 World Champion has been a fixture in many large tournaments over the years, and has amassed nearly $8 million in tournament winnings.
Seed is also a bit of a throwback player. He is a reserved man, but an ardent proposition bettor. His legendary prop bets include:
- Standing in the Pacific Ocean up to his shoulders for 24 hours
- Outrunning Howard Lederer with only one foot
- Performing a standing backflip
- Not shaving for a year
A man with such dedication to every aspect of poker deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, particularly when he’s such a good player.