RUN THE NUMBERS: Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 WSOP

From the biggest buy-ins to the biggest fields, from Main Event records to Daniel Negreanu’s improbably bracelet dry spell, we run the numbers on the 2023 World Series of Poker.

Tim Fiorvanti
Jun 1, 2023
Phil Hellmuth will look to extend his all-time WSOP bracelet record of 16 this summer – six ahead of any other player on the list.

The 2023 World Series of Poker is officially underway, and what better opportunity than the start of seven straight weeks of wall-to-wall poker to dig into some of the gaudy numbers attached to such a momentous amount of tournaments, bracelets, and money that will be won between now and mid-July.

Without further ado, let’s Run the Numbers on the 2023 WSOP.

115:  The total number of WSOP bracelet events for players who will be in Las Vegas this summer – 95 live, and 20 online events that will share a player pool with New Jersey. Only 5 of the live events – Casino Employees, Tournament of Champions, Ladies Championship, Seniors Event, and Super Seniors Event – are not open events.

833 1/3:  The buy-in for the $250,000 Super High Roller event is 833 1/3 times the size of the smallest buy-in on the schedule at the 2023 WSOP, the $300 Gladiators event.

10: Number of 2023 WSOP events with a buy-in of at least $25,000, a record for any year at the WSOP.

28,371: The largest field in WSOP history, which belongs to the 2019 ‘Big 50’ $500 No Limit Hold’em event. Generating a prize pool of $13,509,435, Femi Fashakin won $1,147,449 for his effort – 2,295 times the $500 buy-in.

The $300 Gladiators event at the 2023 WSOP, the smallest ever buy-in price point for a live WSOP bracelet event, has guaranteed $3 million (minimum 10,000 entries, before considering rake), but with four starting flights and multiple re-entries allowed, it has the best chance of any event on the schedule this summer to push towards that record number.

97: Number of times someone has won multiple WSOP bracelets in a single year. players have won multiple bracelets in a year twice, with only two of those players winning multiple bracelets in back-to-back years – Gary “Bones” Berland (1978 & 1979) and Layne Flack (2002 & 2003). 6 players have won three WSOP bracelets in a single year – Puggy Pearson (1973), Phil Hellmuth (1993), Ted Forrest (1993), Phil Ivey (2002), Jeff Lisandro (2009) and George Danzer (2014).

$18,346,673: The largest single prize ever awarded at the WSOP, won by Antonio Esfandiari at the inaugural $1 million Big One for One Drop in 2012.

3,506: Number of days between Daniel Negreanu’s last WSOP bracelet win, in the 2013 WSOP Europe €25,600 High Roller, to Day 1 of the 2023 WSOP.

$14,219,969 – The total amount that Negreanu has cashed for in live WSOP events in that window of time. He’s had two seven-figure results, including $8,288,001 for second in the 2014 $1 million Big One for One Drop. He has made 20 Final Tables, with 5 seconds, 5 thirds, 2 fourths, and 83 total cashes.

Brian Hastings has made a rapid ascent up the all-time WSOP bracelet list, winning five times over the last 10 years.

Since Negreanu’s last WSOP bracelet win:

  • Phil Hellmuth has won 3 times, extending his all-time lead to 16. That’s 6 more than any other player on the list.
  • 2 players have won 5 WSOP bracelets.
  • 13 players have won at least 4 WSOP bracelets in the interim.
    • John Hennigan has won 4 of his 6 career WSOP bracelets.
    • Jeremy Ausmus won 4 of his 5 career WSOP bracelets; Ausmus won his first 7 days before Negreanu won in October 2013.
    • Adam Friedman won 4 of his 5 career WSOP bracelets.
    • Adrian Mateos, who won the 2013 WSOPE Main Event for his first career WSOP bracelet the day after Negreanu’s sixth, now has 4 career bracelets.
    • Michael Addamo, George Danzer, Asi Moshe, David Peters, Brad Ruben, Ben Yu and Anthony Zinno each have 4 bracelet wins since Negreanu last won.

8,774: The number of players the 2023 WSOP Main Event will need to beat the all-time record. The 2006 WSOP Main Event drew 8,773 players, with Jamie Gold winning the tournament and the record $12 million payout. The overall prize pool for that event was $82,512,162. The 2022 WSOP Main Event field got the closest to matching it, with 8,663 players and a prize pool of $80,782,475.

If the WSOP Main Event field hits 8,774 (or more) in 2023, the WSOP will be giving one of the players in the field a seat in the next 30 WSOP main events in a random draw.

$10 million: The amount paid to the three players who are tied for the second-largest WSOP Main Event prize in history: 2014 champion Martin Jacobson, 2019 champ Hossein Ensan and 2022 winner Espen Jorstad.