WSOP 2011 attendance up despite Black FridayAfter Black Friday, many online poker sites pulled out of the United States to avoid facing the same charges that Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Absolute Poker suffered. Because of the many poker sites leaving the US, many felt as though the 2011 World Series of Poker would suffer in attendance. Last year was a record year and attendance was expected to fall this year due to Black Friday. A few events have already taken place and surprisingly the events have seen good field numbers.
Many thought attendance would be down due to the fact the majority of the players that compete in the WSOP come from online poker rooms. Online poker rooms host qualifiers and satellites so players can earn their seat to a WSOP event in a cheaper fashion. Another factor was that many US players still have their accounts frozen at online poker rooms which may keep them from purchasing a buy-in to a WSOP event.
Despite the many factors that would keep attendance down at the WSOP the numbers are actually up. There have been nine events to start in the 2011 WSOP and only three of the events have seen a decrease in numbers. This is good news for the WSOP as well as the players. The figures actually show that this year there is an increase in the number of players competing.
Last year the total amount of players was just over 8,200 at this point in the series and this year the total is just over 8,300. So if the figures continue to go as they already have the 2011 WSOP could be bigger than the 2010 WSOP which was a record year. Hopefully this will be the case and the 2011 WSOP will be the largest yet!
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