The 2012 World Series of Poker has closed its registration process at 6,598 players, making the event the fifth largest in history. The combined prize pool of $62,021,200 will mean that one winner will walk away with $8.5 million.
The World Series of Poker has released the numbers from its 2012 $10,000 NLHE Main Event, which closed for registration yesterday afternoon.
The event saw a total of 6,598 players sign up, making it the fifth largest ever to be hosted by its organizers.
The registrations started slowly with just 1,066 runners on Day 1A Saturday, but picked up the pace on Day 1B Sunday with 2,114 registrations. On Monday, all records were broken as 3,418 players signed up - the biggest number for a single day in the history of the WSOP.
The total of 6,598 is nonetheless still short of the 6,865 who signed up last year, and well off the all-time high of 8,773 who played in the 2008 Main Event.
With the signup process complete, the WSOP has also released the data for the payouts, revealing a combined prize pool of $62,021,200.
The prize pool will mean that a total of 666 players will get paid in this year's Main Event, with payouts starting at $19,227.
A seat at the final table will bring in $754,798, while the winner can look forward to a juicy $8,527,982 first prize.
The first prize is just slightly lower than the $8,715,368 awarded to German Pius Heinz for winning the Main Event last year.
For more information and updates from this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, see the official WSOP website