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The World Series of Poker had another monstrous year. Despite a weakening global economy, poker players made the journey to the middle of the desert in droves, breaking a number of WSOP records. Players from over 115 nations and territories took to the felt, creating a poker summit that rivals the world’s biggest sporting events.

Over 60,875 players participated in this year’s WSOP, crushing last year’s number of 58,720 and generating a massive prize pool that topped $174 million. In total, 39 out of 57 tournaments had a prize pool of $1 million or more. There were also 10 sold out events including a monster Day One “D”.

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Several other records were broken as well. The 2009 WSOP $1,000 “Stimulus” tournament drew the largest non-Main Event field in history when 6,012 players took to the felt.

Event #37 ( Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split) featured a $1,541,600 prize pool. This is the second time in poker history that this type of tournament reached the million dollar mark. In comparison, the same event in 2008 generated $300,000 less than this year’s number.

The Seniors tournament also proved to be a record breaker. Featuring the largest Senior turnout in WSOP history, the 2,7-7 participants generated a record prize pool for the event ($2,463,700). First place took home $437,358 (another record for this event).

Three other tournaments set records as well. Event #55 (Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball) attracted 238 players while Event #5 (Pot Limit Omaha) attracted 809 runners. In addition, this year’s WSOP offered the largest Omaha High-Low Split tournament in history when 918 players participated in that day’s action.

In addition to the attendance records that were set, there were a number of individual accomplishments that are newsworthy. Professional player Jeffrey Lisandro tied the WSOP record after he won three bracelets, tying him with Phil Ivey, Puggy Pearson, Ted Forrest and Phil Hellmuth for the record. Lisandro also became the first player to win all three Seven Card Stud disciplines in one year.

Berry Johnston also set the record for the most consecutive cashes at the WSOP when he collected his 27th straight money finish. Also setting another record was Jack Ury, who became the oldest player in WSOP history. Ury is 96 years old.

All stats came from the WSOP staff.


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