Thanks to the coronavirus, the turnout for online poker tournaments has gone through the roof
The first full week of the inaugural World Poker Tour (WPT) online series has concluded with a great pace that is breaking all records. The WPT Online Super Series has finished its first week after 27 scheduled events that saw more than 40,000 entries and over $25 million in cash collected by the winners. The Main Event for $5 million guaranteed and a $3,200 buy-in is on the course of breaking the record of the most entries registered in a WPT Main Tour event.
This main event is going at a great pace; the first run drew 808 entries, which counts for over $2.4 million going to the prize pool. The second run of Day 1 also brought great results with 782 more entries, taking the event a lot closer or reaching the $5 million guaranteed. The current record of the most entries is still for the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in 2014. If this event breaks the record for most entries, it will also be the first time in the 18 years of the WPT that an online tournament will be featured on the iconic WPT Champions Cup.
There are some other impressive figures that the WPT Online Series has achieved, starting with the 4,828 entries in the WPT500 Online – the second-largest in the history of the WPT500. Another event, for high rollers, attracted 98 entries; the $25,500 Super High Roller event reached a $2.45 million prize pool – the guaranteed $2 million was smashed by the registered entries. On top of that, a total of $25 million in prizes have been collected by players, and the average event guarantee has been broken by 21%.