Entrants in the World Poker Tournament have decreased this year with at least 25% less entrants compared to last year. But you can see the numbers at the World Series of Poker which sold out 3 out of 9 events that have taken place this year. It only signifies that more people wanted to enter however rooms aren’t enough.
Look at how the competitors in the WSOP Main Event unfolds: 2003 started out with only 830 entries, this is also the time that Moneymaker made run to the finals and won. In 2004, the number of entries had gone on the roof with more than 3 times than the previous year with 2,576 entrants. In 2005, players that enter in the event was 5,619. And the highest would be in 2006 with 8,773 entries. While in 2007 and 2008 have gone low with 6, 358 and 6, 844 entrants.
The sudden decrease in number from 2006 can be simply blamed into the passage of the UIGEA which eventually earmark the withdrawal of vital poker sites from the US market. And this event causes the decrease of people who are enthusiastically playing online and also a decrease in satellite chances in order to get an opportunity to play in major competitions.
The US government has really made life difficult for online poker players since the passage of the UIGEA. But the numbers say differently, people wanted to play poker and nothing can stop them.
The huge success of the $1,000 NLHE tournament shows how much people wanted to play poker. This Stimulus Specias as called by the WSOP brass attracted more than 6,000 players during its course. Professional poker player Steve Sung grabbed the bracelet despite of the astonishing number of players involve.
It will be hard to say if the players this year can reach 6,000 because of all the hinders such as the recession, swine flu and more UIGEA forces. But as the number in the preliminaries are big, maybe the Main event this present year will turnout to be one of the largest so far.
Since there is a surge of population despite the UIGEA maybe it will be time for the government to legalize and legislate poker in the internet. Poker is a fun and entertaining game and I’m certain that there would be more happy faces when the UIGEA will be repelled.
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