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WSOP achieves second largest field and payout in 38 year history
Posted at 07/11/2007 11 PM in General Discussions by The Padawan.
The World Series of Poker is by far the largest poker tournament in existence today and this year’s tournament of 2007 showed some remarkable results. The World Series of Poker achieved its second highest ever field and payout percentages in its 38 year old history despite the US laws interfering with online gaming.

The World Series of Poker does not seem to be facing many problems as a result of the United States of America’s prohibited law on online gaming. Instead, the WSOP seems to show an increase in the percentage of payouts and also from the vast amount of the publicity it is receiving.

Thousands of poker fans avidly await the commencement of the World Series of Poker or WSOP as it has come to have been called every year. Players from all over the globe want to qualify so that they can get a chance at winning the grand tournament prize which is often worth millions.

The world’s biggest poker tournament has had its best success in this the year 2007. The World Series generally shows great progress from year to year. However this year many believed would not be as great as the previous year of poker tournaments as a result of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 instituted by the United States of America. Many believed that the WSOP tournament would have been negatively affected this year as a result of the new US laws on internet gambling; surprisingly it was the contrary that happened.

This does not mean that the US laws on gaming as per the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not have any affect on the WSOP as the gaming crowd at the tournament certainly did decrease in number as many had predicted. This was inevitable because of the new US law and the number of participants at this year’s WSOP dropped by a total of 28% to be exact.

Prior to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 eager players had qualified for the World Series of Poker through the many online poker tournaments easily accessible through the internet. After the act prohibiting gaming was passed this particular option is now closed to many players for whom the only choice left is to pay the high entrance fees and follow the land based gaming procedure if they are desirous to become a participant. This year shows a limited number of WSOP participants as a result and only a total of 1,789 players placed in this year's central event at 6,358 players which is a large fall out from last year’s record of 8,773.

Eric Morris, publisher of Bluff magazine had this to say about the effect of the new US laws on the tournament. He said, "Last year you had sending a ton of people. You had sending quite a few, you had and all the other smaller sites, and they're not filling the seats this year."

Since the year of 1992 this decrease in the number of participants is the first noted decrease in the main event field. On the other hand the large drop in players did in no way affect the World Series of Poker’s field and payout numbers nor did it shake the confidence of the WSOP officials who still had great expectations for the poker tournament.

The commissioner of the World Series of Poker, Jeffrey Pollack was noted to have said: "Whether it's 4,000, 6,000, 8,000, or 10,000, this will still be the biggest, richest, most prestigious poker tournament in the world. Whoever wins will walk away a multimillionaire, lives will be changed and some great poker will be played."

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