WSOP Remains Popular in Spite of Recent Events

By Maria McCoyGoogle


The World Series of Poker’s main event is quite possibly the world’s longest game of poker – with almost 7,000 players and a jackpot of $8,711,956.  This year’s field is the 3rd largest in the history of World Series Poker.


What’s most impressive about this year’s big turnout is the amount of people who still came regardless of the big indictment.  This spring, the US Department of Justice indicted three online-poker giants, Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars.  These sites’ players had fueled the World Series of Poker, so it is quite the pleasant surprise that so many players turned out.  Even the slow of world economies hasn’t slowed down the WSOP.


The largest playing field was in 2006 before congress passed the SAFE Port Act which included the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  The following year, the number of attendees dropped by about 2,500, but none-the-less has been relatively high (oscillating between 6,300 and 7,400). 


The large number of players at the main event, despite all of the current events of the past few years, is largely due to the impact online poker web sites has had on an entire generation of young poker players.  The main event serves as a testing ground for the skills these young players have developed playing online. 


The future of the WSOP hangs in the balance.  Will online poker become licensed and regulated?  Will people keep playing even if they can’t play online?  The truth of the mater is that though these predictions are difficult to make, it appears as if the WSOP’s attendance is a leading indicator for the growing popularity of poker thanks to the generation of young players who grew up playing on the online poker web sites.


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