WSOP '15 Lowest Top Prize in 10 Years

A decrease in entrants and increase in payouts for the 2015 World Series of Poker has led to the lowest top prize in 10 years. The WSOP had 6,420 entrants this year, down 263 poker players from 2014 but still 68 more than participated in the 2013 tournament.

The 2015 WSOP is also paying out 15.5 percent of the total field compared to 10 percent previously, meaning the top 1,000 players will end up getting some money back. This change had led to first place being worth $7,680,021, which is still a nice haul for the player who survives with the most chips at the final table.

The WSOP’s Main Event will see a grand total of $60,348,000 in the overall prize pool, with tournament play shrinking next Tuesday to the final table of nine players, also referred to as the “November Nine” since it commences in the month of November.

Each member of the final table will secure a guaranteed $1 million, and entrants must put up $10,000 to enter.

Defending WSOP champion Martin Jacobson has already been knocked out of the tournament after winning $10 million last year, the second-largest grand prize ever. 2013 Sportsbook Ryan Riess was still alive as of Tuesday night, and he took home more than $8 million.

The biggest amount ever paid out to the WSOP champ came in 2006 when Jamie Gold won $12 million. First place had been worth progressively less from 2010 through 2013 before Jacobson became the second-richest champ.