..

No Drop Off in Attendance at World Series of Poker 2011: Actually Up 10 Percent

Written by:
Patrick Flanigan
Published on:
Jul/03/2011
World Series of Poker 2011

Many feared a huge drop off in attendance at the 2011 World Series of Poker following the events of April 15 where three of the top US-facing online poker rooms found themselves indicted.  Worse still, two of those rooms – Full Tilt and Absolute Poker – are yet to release funds to players.

The initial fears have proven unfounded, however, as the World Series of Poker 2011 has seen a 10 percent uptick in attendance.

The Las Vegas Review Journal noted that, if the event were to have concluded this weekend, it would have been the 4th most attended WSOP in history

That might not be saying much, however, since attendance only began increasing dramatically around 2003, the start of the online poker revolution and company ad spends that helped generate interest within mainstream venues, most notably ESPN. 

The Main Event kicks off this week and it remains to be seen how many players will ultimately partake.

"It's hard to discount how almost every event has grown in participation," World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart said.

Currentlly the tournament money pace was 6.7 percent greater than last year.

"It is one thing to plan and prepare to accommodate such a large number of people on a daily basis," World Series of Poker tournament director Jack Effel said in a statement, to the Las Vegas Review Journal. "But it is truly an amazing feeling to see it all unfold in front of your eyes like we have witnessed at the World Series of Poker in 2011."

- Patrick Flanagan, Gambling911.com

Poker News

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Announces Winners of 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Announces Winners of 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood concluded its 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) on Wednesday with the second biggest World Poker Tour (WPT) live field in its history. Besting 1,982 entries in the WPT LHPO Championship, Alexander Yen of Indianapolis, Ind. made history by winning $975,240.

Poker Pro Doug Polk and Wife Launch "Organic" Self Tanner That Doesn't Turn You Orange

Poker Pro Doug Polk and Wife Launch "Organic" Self Tanner That Doesn't Turn You Orange

And Polk has just gotten a big endorsement from the one and only Daniel Negreanu, whose own wife swears by the product.

Bordeaux Severs Sponsorship Deal Worth €1.3M a Year With Winamax Over Disparaging Tweets

Bordeaux Severs Sponsorship Deal Worth €1.3M a Year With Winamax Over Disparaging Tweets

Radio network France Bleu discovered that at least 20 disparaging tweets had been posted from the official Winamax Sport Twitter account within a three-month time frame mocking the team's on-field performance.

Axios is All Over the Texas Card House Permit Revocation Story

Axios is All Over the Texas Card House Permit Revocation Story

Players pay $13 per hour to play there as opposed to the establishment taking a rake.

Shulman Cruise Terminated as Ship Owner Goes Bankrupt

Shulman Cruise Terminated as Ship Owner Goes Bankrupt

The four-month, $400,000 world cruise that first couple of poker Barry and Allyn Shulman are on has been terminated, just days after it began.

Syndicate