The success of the $1 000 buy-in "Stimulus Special" tournament at this year's World Series of Poker may cause organisers Harrah's Entertainment to consider more such events in the future, according to a company spokesman.
The inaugural event this year attracted 6 000 entries (of which 2 000 had already been eliminated in the Day 1 heat as we went to press) and could have pulled in even more had a third starting day been built in, making it the largest non-Main Event entry field in WSOP's forty year history.
Seth Palansky, WSOP Communications Director, said: “The fact of the matter is: if we had three starting days, we would’ve had 9 000 players and we would’ve had the largest live tournament ever."
“This may be the event that makes us consider some of our buy-in levels,” Palansky added. “We need to make sure we hit the price point to get as many new entrants into poker as we can.”
At the other end of the scale, the one-off $40 000 buy-in 40th Anniversary tournament, which pulled in 201 entrants was coming to a conclusion as InfoPowa went to press, with a furious heads up between Isaac Haxton and Vitaly Lunkin still going strong after almost two hours.
Haxton entered the heads up with a chip lead of just over 3 million on his opponent. The two players had dominated the final table from the start.