World Series of Poker top prize to be above $8M

July 10, 2011 - 2:29 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top prize of the World Series of Poker main event is likely to be well above $8 million, with nearly 7,000 players entering the no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament.

Well over 2,000 players entered the card tournament in Las Vegas on Sunday — the final day entrants could register for a shot at poker glory.

Tournament officials have opened new sections of the tournament floor that went unused during each of the first three starting days, and plan to keep registration open through the first four hours of play.

Last year's winner, Canadian professional Jonathan Duhamel, beat 7,318 opponents for $8.94 million.

The main event's totals are likely to be down, but well above expectations given recent turmoil in the online poker industry that put player bankrolls in question.