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SCIENTIFIC GAMES WINS LONG RUNNING PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT
OVERALL STATS FOR WORLD SERIES OF POKER RELEASED
Overall statistics released Tuesday by March Madness Contest the organisers of the World Series of Poker - the 45th edition of poker's most prestigious annual tournament - indicate that player entries represent a new record.
With the three main event starting day registrations now closed, the organisers have been able to compile totals for the entire tournament, which has been running since June, and the numbers are impressive.
There were 82,360 competition entries in 65 events by players from 107 nations, generating prize pools totalling $225,584,273.
The prize pool for the main event alone is $62,820,200 based on the $10,000 buy-ins from 6,683 entries...and the winner will receive $10 million, with seven figure pay-outs awarded to most of the final nine players.
The number of entries this year topped last year's 79,471 by just over three-and-a-half percent.
World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a statement: With some of the biggest events ever organized it is clear poker remains strong, and its best days are ahead.
Demographics this year were once again overwhelmingly male at 94.72 percent, with an average age of 38.9.
Excluding the huge main event first prize, which has yet to be won, the average first place prize this year was $792,507, although the $15.3 million awarded to Dan Colman in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop does have an exaggerating influence..
8,730 players claimed cashes in the 65 events, approximately 10 percent of all those who entered the diverse competitions.
Other interesting factoids include:
* Total prize pool for all WSOPs in history now over $2 billion;
* Over $5.2 million was raised for One Drop clean water charity;
* Youngest player this year, at 21 years and 1 day, was Zachary Zaffos, whilst the oldest was William Wachter (93);
* Players from fifty U.S. states entered in events;
* Largest single day attendance was 7,977 for the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker;
* This year's senior event was the biggest ever at 4,425 players;
* US players have claimed 52 of the 64 WSOP winner bracelets awarded so far;
* This year's main event attracted 6,683 players, an increase of 331 on the 2013 main event registrations of 6,352.
POKER NETWORK CLOSING AFTER TEN YEARS IN THE BUSINESS
The International Poker Network started by Boss Media a decade ago will soon be closing as part of the GTech group's strategy to focus on regulated markets, using the software for clients in often ring-fenced dedicated environments.
Many of the industry's top brands have been members of IPN at one stage or another in their development, but the trend toward national regulation, and the desire of many operators to work within legalised national systems, has created new business demands and models.
This has resulted in brands either moving on or adopting dual platform strategies.
Owner GTech is a major international business, and it is anticipated that the shutdown of the IPN will be carried out in a professional manner that takes the welfare of players into consideration, and that the closure will be efficiently communicated.
PARTY POKER'S NEW SOFTWARE READY TO GO
Party Poker's much-discussed software revamp is slightly behind schedule but is ready to go and will be implemented later this (September) month, according to company sources.
Opinions based on the testing phase vary on how dramatic the changes are likely to be, with some experts opining that the new offering will be more an incremental improvement than a revolutionary development, and others holding the view that the changes are more fundamental and significant (see previous InfoPowa reports).
Bwin's last set of results, posted last week, saw CEO Norbert Teufelberger commenting:
"This [Agile system] change in our working practices has been instrumental in ensuring that our new PartyPoker product is ready for launch, firstly into the dotcom environment and then into our core nationally regulated markets.
"The launch will reposition the PartyPoker brand ahead of the opening of the US market and revitalise the product, ensuring that it more than meets the expectations of today's recreational digital consumer."
2013 WORLD SERIES OF POKER EPIC NOW IN MOTION
Wednesday saw the launch in Las Vegas of world pokers most prestigious and big-money spectacular - the 44th World Series of Poker tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, running until July 15.
Past tradition was followed with the first event being a $500 buy-in Casino Employees event, and this was followed by an 8-handed $5,000 buy-in NLHE competition.
As in previous years, the main event will play down to a final table of nine, which will then adjourn until 4-5 November 2013.
The big money starts early this year, with the new $1,500 buy-in NLHE Millionaire Maker competition that carries a guaranteed first prize of a million dollars scheduled to begin this weekend.
According to the WSOP website, this poker spectacular continues to grow in total prize money terms:
2003 7,572 $21,789,060
2004 14,054 $45,973,770
2005 32,341 $106,055,907
2006 48,366 $159,616,588
2007 54,288 $159,796,918
2008 58,720 $180,774,427
2009 60,875 $174,013,215
2010 72,966 $187,109,850
2011 75,672 $192,008,868
2012 74,766 $222,045,377
Among the many celebrities and big name players seen at the Rio Wednesday was 18-time Olympics gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps, who has exhibited a penchant and talent for the game over the last two years.
The 27-year-old was spotted taking a seat at the $5,000 buy-in NLHE event, along with pros like Antonio Esfandiari. It is Phelps' first WSOP.
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