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2010 World Series of Poker: What is $8.9 Million, Really?


By this time next week, one fortunate November Niner will be crowned the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion and bank $8,944,138.


Most poker fans, myself included, cannot conceive how much money is at stake because unfortunately we’re not all ballers like Phil Ivey. Yes, we will see the countless bricks of benjamins towering between the final two players once they're heads-up, but can we really quantify how much it is from that image alone? Let’s ignore Uncle Sam – or whatever national personifications hover over taxation in Italy and Canada – for a second and try to put into perspective how much $8,944,138 really is.

Well, it's...


  • The third highest Main Event first prize ever
  • 894 Main Event buy-ins
  • 298 times the amount Johnny Moss received when he was voted the first Main Event champion in 1971
  • 178 Poker Player’s Championship buy-ins
  • Enough to buy into all 57 WSOP events 33 times
  • More than the sum of the first 20 Main Event top prizes ($8,375,000)
  • 406,551 visits to the Rio Spa and Salon
  • 357,765 dinners at the Rio’s Carnival World Buffet
  • 1,789,274 bags of Jack Link’s Beef Steak Nuggets (Yum!)


  • 5,625,244 loaves of bread
  • 2,991,350 gallons of gas in Las Vegas
  • 2,555,468 gallons of milk
  • 2,236,034 lattes at Starbucks
  • 2,032,758 Double-Doubles at In-N-Out
  • 1,490,689 burritos at Chipotle
  • 447,206 Thanksgiving turkeys (depending on size)
  • 105,255 bottles of Patron
  • 5,962 bottles of vintage Dom Perignon
  • 5 Bugatti Veyrons


  • ¥725,280,150
  • €6,332,583
  • £5,555,365
  • 487,121 trips to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • 309,491 rides on the London Eye
  • 79,157 gondola rides in Venice (depending on the gondolier)
  • 4,365 round-the-world flights
  • 1,305 nights in Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite in Dubai
  • 357 nights in the Bridge Suite at the Atlantis Resort
  • 44 trips into space on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise


  • 16,262,069 stress balls
  • 4,472,069 decks of Bicycle cards
  • 941,488 tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 452,409 copies of Doyle Brunson’s Super System
  • 101,637 pairs of Nike Air Force Ones
  • 29,813 iPhone 4s
  • 25,554 Studio Beats By Dre
  • 17,888 Taylor Made R9 SuperTri golf drivers
  • 6,211 tickets to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas
  • 2,417 Marrakech bags by Gucci
  • 851 suits by William Fioravanti

At the end of the day, $8,944,138 is a boatload of money, but is it worth as much as the Main Event bracelet itself? That we’ll leave to the eye of the beholder.

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