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WSOP 2011 Update: The Largest In History!

All of the talk about there being a lull in the World Series of Poker* enrollment this year has been put to rest definitively with a record 75,672 entries in 58 events creating the largest prize pool in WSOP history: $191,999,010. That's right, close to $200 million, and this is the seventh consecutive year that the WSOP has generated a prize pool in excess of $100,000,000. This means that thanks to this year's event, the biggest event in the game has awarded more than $1.4 billion in prize money.

"This summer underscores the appeal of the game and the power of this event. We're so thankful for all those who came from around the world to demonstrate that poker continues to grow," said World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart. "All across the board at the 2011 WSOP, from our signature gold bracelet events to cash games to satellites and daily tournaments, records were made to be broken."

This year's main event attracted its third largest field ever, with 6,865 players sitting down to compete in the $10,000 buy-in Texas Hold 'Em tournament. The youngest player was Logan Deen from Cocoa Florida, who played on Day 1B on his 21st birthday, and the oldest was 91 year old Ellen Deeb, who played Day 1C. While Logan made it through to day two, ELlen didn't make it to another day of player. (However, this didn't stop her from trying to re-enter the main event with $10,000 in cash that she kept in her purse.)

Later today, we'll have a Team Bodog update giving you all the details on chip counts and more from the players we've sent to this year's event. In the meantime, of course, you can play online poker with us!

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