2015 WSOP Main Event to Pay 1,000 Places
World Series of Poker officials announced that the 2015 WSOP Main Event will not pay $10 million to first but instead guarantee 1,000 players will be paid.
Also, Patrik Antonius revealed that it has become hard for him to find cash games recently because most games have gone private.
2015 WSOP Main Event to Pay 1,000 Players
Last month, the WSOP announced that the 2015 Main Event would once again pay $10 million to first place. That announcement sparked controversy with many players claiming that the Main Event should pay more players as opposed to paying more to first.
WSOP officials listened to its customers and earlier this week announced that it was dropping the $10 million to first guarantee and would instead pay 1,000 players.
Based on numbers from 2014, this would be equal to about 15% of the field.
According to the press release announcing the change, the increase in the number of payouts was done to encourage both new and repeat participation from players -- something they hope will lead to greater prize pools.
Note that the Main Event must have 5,000 participants in order to pay 1,000 spots. Last year's Main Event had 6,683 runners.
Patrik Antonius Shut Out of High-Stakes Cash Games
It's not easy being Patrik Antonius in the current poker climate. It appears that his winning ways have finally started resulting in him being excluded from many live high-stakes cash games.
In a recent interview Antonius revealed that he really misses high-stakes TV programs such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, stating, "I would love to play for big money and get involved in some big hands."
Continuing in the interview, Antonius revealed that it's getting harder and harder to find high-stakes games in the live arena. He stated, "The biggest change is that the biggest cash games are now private games. And it is not necessarily very good for me."
He further explained that you cannot get into the game without connections and that many of these games intentionally stay away from players like Antonius.