PokerStars WSOP Qualifier Update

I was looking back at some players' trip reports from the 2003 World Series. It's amusing to look back at that year. For a while, people were predicting a 700-player field in the main event of the WSOP. By the time the cards were in the air, there were more than 800 players playing and the tournament director was accepting alternates. By that time the predictions for 2004 had started. There was a good chance, people mused, that the starting field in 2004 would be more than 1,100 strong.

And then Team PokerStars member Chris Moneymaker went and changed everything. When he won the 2003 WSOP, he had started in a field of 839 players. The Moneymaker Revolution took all the predictions and blew them out of the water. The 2004 WSOP, won by Team PokerStars' Greg Raymer, drew nearly 2,600 entries.

But right now, 2003 is on my mind. Why? Because in the past few days, the number of PokerStars qualifiers for the 2006 WSOP eclipsed the total number of entries for the whole of the 2003 main event. As of this moment, 880 PokerStars players have qualified for the main event of the 2006 WSOP. More than a month and half remains before the big event.

There are some big WSOP events coming up at PokerStars in the coming weeks. This weekend, the top 100 Tournament Leader Board players will play for two free seats to the WSOP. That's not to mention the huge 150-seat guaranteed event coming on July 16.

All told, this is going to be one huge, huge summer.

Care to come along?