By Matthew Marietta, Rakeback.com Executive Editor
The 44th World Series of Poker has reached the half way point, with 31 out of 62 bracelets decided and over $54m awarded in prize money.
Record numbers of players have entered this year despite or maybe because of the financial crisis. The early Millionaire Maker definitely helped the numbers flow. Benny Chen was the guy favored by the poker gods for the inaugural event which guaranteed a first prize of $1m.
The $54,109,710 in prize money awarded so far is more than the total prize money awarded in all of the first 21 years of the WSOP ($49,006,304).
Counting all the WSOP related events held at the Rio more than 77,000 entries have come from players based in 59 different countries.
Overall, entries are up 27% on last year, and that boom is set to continue for the remainder of the Series. This year is not likely to break the 2012 record for most prize money awarded. That year was skewed by the Big One for One Drop charity event which had a $1m buy in.
In total 2012 saw $222m in prize money - a whole chunk of it going to internet players such as 26 year old Sam Trickett who earned $10m in the Big One for One Drop, and 24 year old Greg Merson who took home the most prized bracelet of the Series for winning the Main Event - and $8.5m.
The odds are high that the Main Event winner for 2013 will again come from the ranks of internet players - time to get some online tournament practice in!
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