Thursday, 11 July 2013

Chris Moneymaker Effect on WSOP Main Event Entrant Numbers

2003 was a year in poker history that many will never forget. It was the beginning of the blow up boom that happened after Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event after qualifying through a satellite.

If you look at the number of entrants in the year that followed his win you can see that it tripled:

The numbers then steadily rose and peaked in 2006 when Jamie Gold won $12m for 1st. 

Since then they have fluctuated but in the last 4 years they have declined year on year. It is possible that in 2010 there was just a random peak as from 2007 to 2013 generally there is not much difference. Next year will be an interesting stat and will show us if the WSOP ME is really in decline, especially if numbers dip below 6k. 

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  1. Rosh I think that if the us market will be allowed to participate that we can be rest assured to witness a huge increase in the numbers.

    Is this ever going to happen, and if so - will we be able to play at the same pool with them?

  2. I hate all the segregation. It used to great with 1 worldwide player pool. I think the US will be separate initially but it may expand later. We've already lost France, Italy, Spain etc :(


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