2003 was a year in poker history that many will never forget. It was the beginning of the blow up boom that happened after Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event after qualifying through a satellite.
If you look at the number of entrants in the year that followed his win you can see that it tripled:
The numbers then steadily rose and peaked in 2006 when Jamie Gold won $12m for 1st.
Since then they have fluctuated but in the last 4 years they have declined year on year. It is possible that in 2010 there was just a random peak as from 2007 to 2013 generally there is not much difference. Next year will be an interesting stat and will show us if the WSOP ME is really in decline, especially if numbers dip below 6k.
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