2015 Colossus at the World Series of Poker Had 22,374 Total Entries

Q: What Is The Record for the Largest Number of Entries in a Live Poker Tournament?

A: The current record for the largest number of entries in a live poker tournament belongs to the inaugural "Colossus" tournament at the 2015 World Series of Poker.

The 2015 "Colossus", with its multiple starting days and multiple starting flights, ended up attracting a total of 22,374 entries. The event, which had a buy-in of $565, allowed eliminated players to register in subsequent starting flights, which greatly enhanced the entry total for the tournament.

In total, the tournament attracted 14,284 unique players from 98 different countries. The youngest players were 21 years and 1 day old when the tournament got underway, while the oldest player was Norman Spivock (96 years, 2 months).

Over the course of the tournament, 362,425 physical poker chips, 982 dealers and 4,480 decks of cards were used.


The tournament, which had a guarantee of $5 million, ended up with a total prize pool of $11,187,000.

In the end, Cord Garcia ended up navigating through the immense field to take down the first place prize of $638,880.


The tournament set a very high watermark for future "Colossus" events, though the World Series of Poker remains determined to try to beat their own record.

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