A record-setting 6,000 players turn out for Event #4 at the 2009 WSOP
Event #4 at the 2009 WSOP, a $ 1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, has smashed the record books by becoming the largest non-WSOP Main Event tournament ever played. Billed as a “stimulus special”, it has blown away the then-record 3,929 entrants who participated in a $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at last year’s WSOP by selling a capacity of approximately 6,000 entries. While high numbers were expected for the event, not many anticipated a complete sellout which left a whole host of disappointed poker players when they couldn’t claim a seat.
“The demand for the Stimulus Special could be felt the moment we announced it,” said World Series of Poker President and Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “We welcome all the first-time players to the World Series of Poker and wish everyone good luck in their pursuit of a gold bracelet.”
The total prize pool for Event #4 will exceed a huge $ 5 million, with the winner guaranteed to earn more than 750 times the entry fee and the coveted gold bracelet. Each of the final table participants will also receive at least six-figure paydays.
With both Day 1A and B completed the early chipleader is bracelet holder and PartyPoker.com Premier League champion JC Tran with over 100,000 chips. The only problem for JC is that he still has to get through another 759 players…