WSOP 2011: Not dead yet

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngThere haven't been many great journalists who have made their names writing obituaries, which makes it all the more curious how quick some of us are to start carving tombstones and digging graves. It's been less than two days since the poker community issued a collective gasp at the sub-par entry numbers on Day 1A and Day 1B. Now, by the dinner break of Day 1C, we've all turned into the Emily Litellas of the WSOP.

In other words, about all that doomsaying? Nevermind.

This afternoon, the WSOP announced Day 1C had signed up 2,181 players. That's more than Days 1A and 1B combined. Furthermore, the Series' chief PR guy, Seth Palansky, said with confidence, "I can confirm that 1D is already bigger than that."

While Palansky won't give us any idea how big Day 1D is going to be, the 6,000+ total number is a lock for the World Series Main Event as a whole. Tournament Director Jack Effel says there is no way the final flight of the Main Event will sell out, but suffice it to say, the World Series of Poker is not dead yet.

While that's all well and good, it's probably important to point out how this reflects on the poker community. There is no denying the impact online poker qualifiers had on the field sizes at the WSOP. One doesn't have to look back too far to remember the days PokerStars sent more than 1,000 entrants to the Main Event. That's no small number compared to the field size.

So, taking most of the online qualifiers away and still achieving what will be at least a 2007-2009-era size WSOP Main Event?

Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

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