The poker tables across Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas were jam-packed for four days starting on Thursday, June 2, 2022, thanks to the World Series of Poker $500 Housewarming event attracted a field size of more than 20,000 entries. With an official field size of 20,080 entries, the 2022 WSOP Housewarming tournament became the fourth-largest field size in World Series of Poker history.

With more than 20,000 entries, the 2022 WSOP Housewarming became only the fourth live WSOP tournament to surpass the 20,000-entry mark. It also sailed past the $500 kickoff event from one year ago at the WSOP, the $500 Reunion event that drew 12,973 entries. The only four WSOP tournaments to date with larger field sizes than the 2022 WSOP Housewarming are the 2019 WSOP Big 50 with 28,371 entries, the 2015 WSOP Colossus with 22,374 entries, and the 2016 WSOP Colossus with 21,613 entries.

The prize pool came in at a whopping $8,433,600 and first place is $701,215 for quite the return on a $500 investment.

Largest WSOP Tournament Field Sizes

Year Event Field Size
2019 WSOP Big 50 28,371
2015 WSOP Colossus 22,374
2016 WSOP Colossus 21,613
2022 WSOP Housewarming 20,080
2017 WSOP Colossus 18,054
2019 WSOP Colossus 13,109
2018 WSOP Colossus 13,070
2021 WSOP Reunion 12,973
2019 WSOP Crazy Eights 10,185
2017 WSOP Giant 10,015

Will we continue to see big numbers at the 2022 World Series of Poker? Very likely yes. The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament drew a record field of 1,086 entries, surpassing the previous record of 1,036 entries from 2014. The $10,000 Dealer’s Choice event also attracted a record turnout.

At the WSOP press conference that took place in the days leading up to the 2022 WSOP, Ty Stewart, Executive Director of WSOP, stated that he thought the 2022 WSOP Main Event would become the largest field size in WSOP Main Event history. That would mean it would need to draw more runners than the 2006 WSOP Main Event which was won by Jamie Gold and had 8,773 entries.

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