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World Poker Classic Show Trend of Online Poker

14 April 2009, By: compncards

The Five Star World Poker Classic is currently underway in Las Vegas.  In prior years, this event has averaged between 100 and 200 players per event.  This year, Event 1,2, and 11 have broken 100 players and the rest of the events have been averaging 50 players.  The first $5,000 event drew 106 players.  This year it drew just 27.

This is just the continuation of a trend that is being seen across the country in not just high buy-in tournaments, but poker tournaments in general.  The higher buy-in events are really the hardest hit.

The WSOP Circuit Main Events have been drawing some of the lowest crowds in history.  The United States Poker Championship Main Event was down by 66%.  Granted, the USPC lost its TV contract with ESPN, but that is still a massive drop.

Part of the problem is due to the economy.  Another factor that is hurting tournament poker is that there are just too many events.  If you miss a tournament this week, big deal, just play next week somewhere else.  Also, there are tons of events every day online.  The SCOOP on PokerStars this week is the rival of any big event that you can find.

Another point brought up by Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is that people are just tired of playing No-Limit Holdem tournaments all the time.  Many tournament sets are NL all the time.  A change of pace is good to keep players fresh.

It will be interesting to see the turnout this summer at the WSOP.  There is a pretty good chance that attendance will drop overall, especially in the Main Event.

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