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Record Attendance for WSOP

21 June 2011 by admin

worldseriesofpokerWith the World Series of Poker well underway, the 42nd edition of the annual tournament is on pace for a record year. In terms of both number of contestants and prize money awarded, the world’s biggest poker tournament is headed for the biggest year in its history if the trend continues.

The World Series of Poker began on May 31 and the Main Event doesn’t take place until July 7. The tournament has 58 events, with 30 having been played so far. Through the first 30 events, the number of participants is up 11.7% from last year. A total of 33,173 poker players have participated in the events so far. The prize money from player buy-ins is also up, a 8.6% increase to $55.88 million through the first 30 events. The Main Event is the biggest in the tournament and normally attracts thousands of players and the largest buy-ins. With that still to come, most are predicting a record-setting year for the World Series of Poker.

Some have remarked that the popular poker tournament is having a record year despite the federal crackdown on online poker sites on Black Friday, Blue Monday and other days. However, you could also easily say that it is a big year because of the crackdown. With Americans having fewer options for playing poker online, attendance at the poker rooms of brick and mortar casinos has been up. It is easy to imagine players who normally participate in poker tournaments online for the first time going to the World Series of Poker to play in person.

If the tournament keeps at its current pace, it will set a record with 72,966 participants and over $187.1 million in prize money. Ty Stewart, executive director of WSOP, said that he is humbled by the incredible turnout and he “couldn’t be more excited to open the doors for the WSOP and put the focus back on the felt where it belongs.”

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