Poker Records Smashed!

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) has been breaking records of attendance all over the world this season. The tournaments are held worldwide and are a series of no limit Texas Hold’em games that are played at a variety of selected casinos around the globe. The event is a run up to the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The event first began in 2005 and has been steadily growing in popularity as the years pass. 

This particular tournament may still be in its infancy age wise but it certainly seems to be a healthy bouncing baby! The big event WSOP has a bit more age and experience to it and is known around the globe as the annual event not to miss. It first began in 1970 in Las Vegas, where six of the best-known players of the time met for a special event game. It grew slowly at first but momentum was gained in the 1980s when satellite tournaments were introduced that enabled players to join in and win a place at the main event and not have to find the large entrance fee.

Today the WSOP draws over 8000 players to compete for the big cash prize and also the title of champion. Given the WSOPC’s youth, we may well see this whippersnapper of a tournament quickly gaining popularity and giving the main event a run for its money! 

In America attendance records were at their highest ever with Event 1 attracting a total of 1412 players. This number broke the previous year’s totals. To enter this particular event there was a buy-in price of $345 and the game was held at the Horseshoe Casino in Indiana. The Tunica Grand Resort in Mississippi, where 1345 people played in the event, previously held the record. The final winner of the tournament was 23 year old Josh Shmerl who took home the grand prize fund of over $79,000. 

It seems that the area is becoming quite famed for its poker tournaments and Nolan Dalla who is the WSOP media director feels that the area could become a real poker players Mecca “Chicagoland has become one of the WSOP Circuit’s most popular destinations for poker players. Attendance eclipsed last year’s near-record for the same event, which was 1,187 entries.” 

The UK was not to be left out when it came to smashing a few records of their own. The Boylepoker International Poker Open in Ireland drew in 1440 players and this tore down the previous record held for the most players in a single tournament outside of the USA by almost 100 players. The winner from Germany took home over $62000. 

The evidence is very clear that poker and big tournaments are growing in popularity and that poker players are now making it a priority to schedule in one of these events into their yearly calendar. We are sure these new records will be shattered yet again next year as more people come along and join the fun!

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