What is roughly the number of hands that a player has to play during the tournament to reach the final table of the WSOP main event? Let us say over the past five years.

  • Do you mean, on average, how many hands does a niner have to play to get to the FT? Also, why would you want to know this?
    – Toby Booth
    Aug 10 '14 at 17:56
  • Yes, this is what I mean. I edited my question a little bit by adding "in the tournament".
    – J.-E. Pin
    Aug 11 '14 at 7:34
  • For the reason, I think I am mostly curious...
    – J.-E. Pin
    Aug 11 '14 at 7:40
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    I'm sorry, but I had to close this since it's not a good question for this site. Answers to this (correct or not) provide no added value for someone's poker knowledge. Aug 15 '14 at 11:50

This is a very rough estimation based on this year. 35 levels passed = 70 hours of play. If they played 20 hands an hour this makes 1400 hands. For the last 5 years the number of players is roughly the same so I would guess the number of hands should be similar.


It depends a lot on the origin of the player. Chris moneymaker for example won the main event without having prior experience, so I would guess he played no more than 2500 hands (that's just a hard guess, I don't know Chris moneymaker more than that and he might easily have played more than that before)

A professional poker player on the Internet could have played 3 years 25000 hands a month, for a total of almost 1 million hands

  • Sorry, my question was probably ambiguous, but I meant then number of hands during the tournament. I have edited my question to make it hopefully clearer.
    – J.-E. Pin
    Aug 11 '14 at 7:35
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    I think the Moneymaker comment is surely false. Just because he was an "unknown" at the time doesn't mean he didn't play a lot of hands on PokerStars where he won the satellite. He probably didn't play a lot of hands by modern online multitabling standards, but surely he had played tens of thousands of hands leading up to his 2003 WSOP appearance. Aug 12 '14 at 20:47
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    And I'm also curious about your math. It's terribly wrong. If you play 3 years at 25K hands per month, that's 900K hands. Not 2 billion. In order to play 2 billion hands, you've got a serious task on your hands. Assuming you could play 1 hand per second all day, every day, that would still take over 63 years of 24/7 play. I think it's safe to say that no human has played that many hands. Aug 12 '14 at 20:54
  • I really hate to downvote anyone but there's just so many things wrong with this answer. None of the numbers in it make sense or are even close! Aug 14 '14 at 18:33
  • Sorry for the bad numbers, i'm not English native so i mixed up with million and billion. I also did bad calculus, do i understand the downvotes. I have now updated my question
    – edi9999
    Aug 14 '14 at 18:37

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