Five players in this year’s event earned at least $1 million. One event, five millionaires — not bad. And all of TV-watching America can view it as part of ESPN’s expanded coverage, with two new one-hour episodes back-to-back every Tuesday throughout the summer, for a total of 22 hours of coverage. ESPN plans to triple its WSOP coverage compared to a year ago, which will give it a product that rivals the World Togel Singapore Poker Tour in breadth and depth of coverage.
Total prize money at the 2004 World Series of Poker reached $49 million, a new poker tournament world record, as was Greg Raymer’s first-place win of $5 million. Last year’s World Series of Poker tournament prize money, by comparison, was just under $22 million, and 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker won a top prize of $2.5 million.
What are we to make of it all? The biggest poker tournament in history just took place in a year when no one was certain that it would even take place at all. Last year, ESPN focused only on the tournament’s main event, and covered it in a few shows. This year, it’s devoting significantly more time to the entire tournament. It saw what television did for the World Poker Tour, and now it has its own series to compete with it.
If the first few days of next year’s judi slot event are moved to another Harrah’s property, such as the Rio, you can expect attendance for the final event to dwarf what you saw here. After all, the Horseshoe ran headlong into space restrictions, but the Rio has a convention center, and the event could easily accommodate many more players. Perhaps the player base, lured by TV coverage and a bigger facility, will double. Maybe it will even triple. Can you imagine a poker tournament with 5,000 entrants? How about 8,000? It’s all quite possible.
Poker’s riding the crest of a tidal wave right now, and this is just the beginning. Most of the game’s growth was fueled by TV and the increasing popularity of Internet poker, along with the compelling human-interest story of Togel Singapore Chris Moneymaker. In achieving his dream, he democratized poker and showed its accessibility to everyone who sat up and took notice.
More TV coverage will probably bring more Togel Singapore players to the table, and if they can’t get to the tables in person, they can train to become next year’s champion in their skivvies and bathrobes by playing online. That’s the pathway the winners have taken the last two years. And while it’s a long shot, to be sure, that prize pool just keeps growing, and growing, and growing.