Witnessing it first hand, there is no greater sporting event on the planet than the
The expansiveness of the WSOP makes baseball‚Äôs World Series or the NBA finals look like state high school championships. It’s not even close. And it’s not like the ratings are that much better either.
In 2005, the WSOP reached levels that were unthinkable just a decade ago, when "Action" Dan Harrington beat a field of 273.
Which is almost as many people that played in this year’s media/charity event.
Of course, all of this creates endless storylines, action, and excitement…
If 2004 was the year of the young guns, then 2005 was the year the pros came storming back.
Of course, all of the great storylines culminated with the
With players from around the world expected to push the total number of entrants at the
Is there a semblance of control that can be had here? Dr. Pauly thinks, ‚Äúthey should raise [the buy-in] because it was $10,000 back when it first started out. They are going to either have to cap it or raise the limit on the buy-in. That’s the only way to keep the tournament manageable from a logistics standpoint. Man, is it worth it to have to play two plus weeks for one tournament and have 6 or 7 day ones? And three day twos? It seems possible at the rate of popularity that the WSOP happens to be exploding at.‚Äù
But if that‚Äôs what the public wants, then WSOP officials/ESPN will likely continue to feed the machine. And why shouldn‚Äôt they? Poker only stands to benefit from increasing the interest of the game and giving the public what it wants.
And it‚Äôs not like a little controversy is a bad thing. Look at what David Stern did with the NBA dress code. He had everyone talking about the NBA right before the season began, upstaging baseball’s "World Series" and the NFL. So if nothing else, talk of increasing buy-ins, capping fields, and altering game formats will keep people talking.
And that‚Äôs a good thing.
When it comes right down to it, the WSOP is totally unique to sporting events. It’s one month of pure poker absorption. That’s why the WSOP is one of the biggest poker stories of the year‚Ä¶and it will ALWAYS be one of the biggest poker stories every year. How can it not?