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    Default WSOP has quadrupled in size since Harrah's took over in 2004

    Interesting article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal detailing how much the World Series of Poker has grown since the Harrah's takeover of poker's premier event in 2004.

    Nearly 65,000 players from 115 countries are expected to participate in this year's 57-event tournament, which runs through July 17. That's up from last year's 60,875 entrants and four times as many as the 14,000 who played at Harrah's first tournament at Binion's in 2004.
    Two of the four Day 1 fields in the $10,000 Main Event have been completed, and more than 2,600 players have registered. The remainder of the field will be determined today and tomorrow. How many players do you think will play this year? Last year, there were 6,494 players, and the all-time high was 8,773 in 2006.

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    Have not read the LVRJ article, but I think I would give more credit to ESPN and online poker more credit that I would Harrahs - they (Harrahs) arent stepping up to pat their backs are they?

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    How many players do you think will play this year?
    WSOP released the number of entrants on Day 1D, in which they stated that they "fall short on numbers", as they are prepared for approximately 12,000 poker players, but still they managed to get 6,358 entrants. That's according to http://www.casinogamblingweb.com/gam..._1d_46778.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkyt View Post
    Have not read the LVRJ article, but I think I would give more credit to ESPN and online poker more credit that I would Harrahs - they (Harrahs) arent stepping up to pat their backs are they?
    I read the article and I completely agree.
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    Totally agree with others-there are so many more factors than Harrah's that have attributed to the growth: ESPN, Online Poker, Moneymaker, Rounders, etc.

    I think it's great that after a Main Event drop in attendance last year, that numbers are really strong this year. It says a lot not only about the power of the WSOP, but the economic situation getting a bit better.

    I absolutely love the WSOP. I can't wait for the tv coverage to begin!

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