WSOP 2017 to Produce Peak Online Traffic NumbersMay 2, 2017 9:23 am
The 2017 WSOP is scheduled to take place from May 30th to July 17th, with thousands of poker enthusiasts from the USA and around the world descending upon Las Vegas to compete for the chance of winning a coveted gold bracelet.
In 2016, the number of people participating in events reached a record 107,833 people, up by 4% year-on-year, with Nevada’s only viable online poker network, a collaboration between WSOP.com and Delaware Lottery, expected to once more receive a healthy boost to their online poker visitors.
In 2017, however, the numbers are expected to be significantly higher than ever before as in the third year since the World Series of Poker introduced an online bracelet event, the organizer has decided to triple the amount of bracelet tournaments available to be won. Furthermore, these online tournaments have varying buy-in prices to appeal to all types of players, with their schedule as follows:
Event #8, a $300 + $33 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em
Event #71: $1,000 WSOP.com Online Bracelet No-Limit Hold’em
Event #61: $3,333 WSOP.com Online High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Commenting on why the World Series of Poker decided to increase the number of online bracelets this year, WSOP.com Head of Online Poker Bill Rini, explained:
“At the WSOP feel an obligation to find new ways to grow the game of poker. Online poker had been a great way to introduce players to the game and ultimately have them come participate in the WSOP.. Upping our number of online only events, with a low, mid and high buy-in range, we believe accomplishes our obligation in a smart way.”
The WSOP NV/DE Lottery network is currently showing 140 cash game players over a 7-day period, with a 24 hour peak of 312 players. Each summer, WSOP.com subsequently sees it cash game and tournament traffic reach annual peak levels, but with so many more online events for players to choose from in 2017, the sky could truly be the limit for the Silver State’s only viable online poker site.