Sizing Up the PokerStars Players Championship, One of the World’s Biggest Poker Tournaments

Sizing Up the PokerStars Players Championship, One of the World’s Biggest Poker Tournaments

Sizing Up the PokerStars Players Championship, One of the World

Table Of Contents

  • The Biggest $25,000 Poker Events in History
  • One of the Biggest Prize Pools Outside of the WSOP
  • The Biggest Events in the History of the Game Looking at the Total Prize Pool

With 320 entries into the PokerStars NL Holdem Players Championship courtesy of the PokerStars Platinum promotion, this tournament was always going to be the biggest $25,000 buy-in tournament in the history of the game. Among the 320, of course, were some lesser experienced poker players. That, combined with the facts there’s no rake, it’s the Bahamas, and there’s a guaranteed $1,000,000 added to first, attracted a battalion of other players, 719 to be exact, to get to a total field of 1,039 entries.

For the longest time, the record in terms of entries into a $25,000 buy-in event stood at 639, courtesy of the 2007 WPT Championship event in the Bellagio. That record was crushed, with the PSPC now standing firmly atop the Top 10 biggest $25,000 buy-in events.

The Biggest $25,000 Poker Events in History

# Year Tour Event Buy-in Entries Prize Pool Winner First Place Prize
1 2019 PokerStars Live PSPC $25,000 1,039 $26,455,500   $5,100,000
2 2007 WPT Bellagio $25,500 639 $15,495,750 Carlos Mortensen $3,970,415
3 2006 WPT Bellagio $25,500 605 $14,671,250 Joe Bartholdi $3,760,165
4 2008 WPT Bellagio $25,500 545 $13,216,250 David Chiu $3,389,140
5 2005 WPT Bellagio $25,500 452 $10,961,000 Tuan Le $2,856,150
6 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS World Bahamas $25,500 394 $10,000,000 Roger Teska $2,000,000
7 2004 WPT Bellagio $25,500 343 $8,342,000 Martin de Knijff $2,728,356
8 2009 WPT Bellagio $25,500 338 $8,196,500 Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,149,960
9 2015 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 269 $6,456,000 Ilkin Garibli $1,105,040
10 2016 PokerStars Live EPT Monte Carlo €25,500 231 $6,531,825 Alexandru Papazian $1,381,499

Since 2010, PokerStars has organized a $25,000 event every year at the PCA. Here are the numbers for the main $25,000 event at the PCA since its inception:

# Year Tour Event Buy-in Entries Prize Pool Winner First Place Prize
1 2019 PokerStars Live PSPC $25,000 1,039 $26,455,500   $5,100,000
2 2015 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 269 $6,456,000 Ilkin Garibli $1,105,040
3 2014 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 247 $6,051,500 Jake Schindler $1,192,624
4 2016 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 225 $5,400,000 Nick Maimone $996,480
5 2013 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 204 $4,998,000 Vanessa Selbst $1,424,420
6 2011 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 151 $3,775,500 Will Molson $1,072,850
7 2012 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 148 $3,626,000 Leonid Bilokur $1,134,930
8 2018 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 144 $3,484,800 Christopher Kruk $836,350
9 2010 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 84 $2,057,998 William Reynolds $576,240
10 2009 PokerStars Live PCA $25,000 48 $1,200,000 Bertrand Grospellier $433,500

One of the Biggest Prize Pools Outside of the WSOP

The list with the biggest events in the world, looking at the total prize pool, is dominated by the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. 2006’s Main Event, won by Jamie Gold for $12,000,000, stands out as the biggest of them all with a total prize pool of $82,512,162 resulting from a field of 8,773 players.

After a long list of WSOP events, the €1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop in 2016 comes next in terms of prize pool. Next up comes the PSPC. Here’s a look at the Top 25:

The Biggest Events in the History of the Game Looking at the Total Prize Pool

# Year Buy-in Event Entries Prize Pool Winner 1st
1 2006 $10,000 2006 WSOP Main Event 8,773 $82,512,162 Jamie Gold $12,000,000
2 2018 $10,000 2018 WSOP Main Event 7,874 $74,015,600 John Cynn $8,800,000
3 2010 $10,000 2010 WSOP Main Event 7,319 $68,798,600 Jonathan Duhamel $8,944,138
4 2017 $10,000 2017 WSOP Main Event 7,221 $67,877,400 Scott Blumstein $8,150,000
5 2011 $10,000 2011 WSOP Main Event 6,865 $64,531,000 Pius Heinz $8,715,638
6 2008 $10,000 2008 WSOP Main Event 6,844 $64,333,600 Peter Eastgate $9,152,416
7 2016 $10,000 2016 WSOP Main Event 6,737 $63,327,800 Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
8 2014 $10,000 2014 WSOP Main Event 6,683 $62,820,200 Martin Jacobson $10,000,000
9 2012 $10,000 2012 WSOP Main Event 6,598 $62,021,200 Greg Merson $8,531m853
10 2009 $10,000 2009 WSOP Main Event 6,494 $61,043,600 Joe Cada $8,574,649
11 2015 $10,000 2015 WSOP Main Event 6,420 $60,348,000 Joe McKeehen $7,683,346
12 2007 $10,000 2007 WSOP Main Event 6,358 $59,784,954 Jerry Yang $8,250,000
13 2013 $10,000 2013 WSOP Main Event 6,352 $59,708,800 Ryan Riess $8,359,531
14 2005 $10,000 2005 WSOP Main Event 5,619 $52,818,610 Joe Hachem $7,500,000
15 2012 $1,000,000 2012 WSOP The Big One for One Drop 48 $42,666,672 Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673
16 2014 $1,000,000 2014 WSOP The Big One for One Drop 42 $37,333,338 Dan Colman $15,306,668
17 2016 €1,000,000 The Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 26 $27,437,564 Elton Tsang $12,248,912
18 2019 $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship 1,039 $26,455,500   $5,100,000
19 2018 $1,000,000 2018 WSOP The Big One for One Drop 27 $24,840,000 Justin Bonomo $10,000,000
20 2004 $10,000 2004 WSOP Main Event 2,576 $24,224,400 Greg Raymer $5,000,000
21 2012 HK$2,000,000 Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller 73 $23,511,077 Stanley Choi $6,465,574
22 2015 $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl 43 $21,500,000 Bryan Rast $7,525,000
23 2016 $111,111 2016 WSOP One Drop High Roller 183 $19,316,565 Fedor Holz $4,981,775
24 2018 HK$2000,000 Super High Roller Bowl China 75 $18,550,297 Justin Bonomo $4,823,077
25 2013 $111,111 2013 WSOP One Drop High Roller 166 $17,891,148 Tony Gregg $4830,619

Data courtesy of TheHendonmob.com



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