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.
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