World Series of Poker
The 2006 WSOP Poker
Tournament Opens With a
Bang!
A record 2,776 players
entered the event, making it
one of the largest poker
tournaments ever in history.
WSOP Tournament
Opens With a Bang
A record 2,776 players entered the event, making it one of the largest
poker tournaments ever in history.  Only the 2005 WSOP main event
attracted more participants (5,619).  The total prize pool amounts to
$3,789,240.
WSOP Tournament News Article
NEWS FLASH:  

2006 World Series of Poker Opens with
Second-Biggest Live Poker Tournament
in History!
Las Vegas, NV – The 2006 World Series of Poker opened with a bang.  The
world’s largest and most prestigious poker spectacle began with the first
open event on the schedule – the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em
competition.  A record 2,776 players entered the event, making it one of the
largest poker tournaments ever in history.  Only the 2005 WSOP main event
attracted more participants (5,619).  The total prize pool amounts to
$3,789,240.
The tournament was a complete sell-out.  Every poker seat in the Amazon
Ballroom at the Rio Convention Center (2,288 seats) was filled.  In fact,
WSOP tournament officials pulled-off what can only be described as a
miracle.  Additional players beyond those who initially bought-in were listed
as alternates, and were seated instantly based upon availability.  In all, 488
alternates -- a number alone which would normally comprise a major poker
tournament --were added to the total pool of players.  Incredibly, it took only
two hours to add in all of the additional players, in a tournament that is
expected to run over the course of three-days.
This year’s World Series of Poker is already on pace to shatter every previous
poker mark ever recorded.  Through the first three events of the 2006 WSOP,
attendance is up 26 percent over last year’s colossal number.  Total prize
money for the first three events has already reached nearly $6 million.

by Nolan Dalla
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