WSOP 2011 In Trouble After Poker Sites Shut-Down

With just over five weeks before the start of WSOP 2011, the growing popularity of the world’s most prestigious poker event is now likely to suffer a major blow in the wake of ‘Black Friday.’
The Las Vegas competition, and in particular the $10k Main Event, only exceeded 100 players in 1982 but by 2003 had recorded its highest ever total number of entries at 839 players.
Click here for the current poker sites still in the US market.
That year Chris Moneymaker famously won the event for a $2.5 million pay-day with the popularity of the tournament then sky-rocketing to 8,773 players by 2006.
However, after the US Department Of Justice introduced the UIGEA that year, Main Event entries tailed off by around 2,000 players and is now likely to suffer its most devestating blow to date after PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker had their US online operations shut-down by the FBI.
One of the most extreme predictions so far has come from industry expert Brian Balsbaugh at Poker Royalty, who said he believes attendance figures at this year’s WSOP Main Event may plummet to just 2,500 players.
Balsbaugh’s prediction is based on the fact that around 60% of entrants at the WSOP, as well as the WPT come via online websites and, as MyPokerBasics project director Kevin Smith explains:
“People simply do not realize that the only way for the WSOP and the WPT to offer these huge multi-million dollar prize pools is through the use of sponsors. Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars spent hundreds of millions of dollars keeping these tours alive and expanding each year, so everyone from the professional players to fans to the tournament directors must be furious over this outcome. Honestly, everyone loses.”
With the US government now going after these companies for more than two billion dollars in penalties, sponsorship funding at the event is likely to be hit dramatically, as well as media coverage.
Another potential pit fall for this year’s WSOP is the fact thousands of US poker players currently are unable to access their online funds at PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker thus causing potential liquidity problems..
It now remains to be seen just how badly hit WSOP 2011 will be by the latest DOJ indictments. However, so far one of the most optimistic predictions for the event has come from the 2004 WSOP champion Greg Raymer, who ironically also qualified for the tournament online. As Raymer concludes:
“If I was actually putting a number to bet on, I would say more like somewhere in the low 5,000’s. If you made me pick a number because you were going to bet either over or under, it would be something like 5,250.”

Other news:   2020 WSOP announces remaining online schedule

Poker News
wsop online 2020 opener
13 Nov 2020
In December, a 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion will be crowned. The WSOP announced a new online-hybrid main event this week that will be open to both US and international players. To do this WSOP will be hosting events in the US on and internationally on GGPoker. A $10,000 freezeout tournament
2020 wsop big 50
25 Aug 2020
The largest tournament in World Series of Poker history concluded this week after a winner was crowned in the record-shattering Big 50. This year’s online Big 50 was the cheapest buy-in in the history of the WSOP at only $50. Not surprisingly a record number of poker players took their shot at the cheap event,
2015 WSOP To Give Serious Boost To Traffic
16 Mar 2020
World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour are launching online events where isolated players can still play. Its the latest response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to cancel poker tournaments and wreak havoc globally. The WSOP is leaving a long trail of cancelled WSOP Circuit events, and didn’t waste time in replacing them when Network's Latest Numbers Post-Interstate Liquidity Launch
20 Feb 2020
You’ll continue to see the 888poker logo on poker tables at the World Series of Poker this year. This week 888 Holdings, who operates 888poker, announced that 888poker’s sponsorship of the WSOP will continue for the sixth consecutive year. Under the agreement 888poker will maintain its prominent position among WSOP sponsors at the Rio All-Suite