Are there too many WSOP events?

The $10k Main Event kicks off today, over a month after the first WSOP event of this year’s series. I must admit that I’ve got a bit bored with the coverage and I believe there are far too many events – particularly hold’em events. Here’s a list of the hold’em events at this year’s WSOP, not including the main event:

No-Limit Hold’em (Event 4) $1,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 7) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 9) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 11) $2,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 13) $2,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 15) $5,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 19) $2,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 22) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 24) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 28) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 32) $2,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 34) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 36) $2,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 39) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 41) $5,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 51) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 52) $3,000
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 54) $1,500
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 56) $5,000

Note: One of these (event 52) is a triple chance, two are shootouts (22 & 41) and three are six handed max (9, 19, 56).

I know the lower buy-in events are very popular, but do we really need so many of them? Do we need them at all? Personally I think its ridiculous having so many WSOP hold’em events. It devalues the series, which should be more exclusive in my opinion. If it was like this in the 1970’s then Doyle Brunson would probably have a lot more than 10 WSOP Bracelets.

But anyway, now the warm ups have finished – it’s time for the BIG ONE! Good luck to all the players lucky enough to have a seat!

4 thoughts on “Are there too many WSOP events?

  1. napox

    Many events are a good thing in my opinion.
    It allows amateur players to participate in big events and have a (low) chance to play in the final table.

    You should be happy you have many events, in some democratic countries in the world poker consider as illegal game.

  2. Timmy

    It’s irrelevant about whether other countries allow people to play poker. This is the WSOP! There are plenty of poker tournaments besides the WSOP, and my point was about there being too many. I still stand by that post, but thanks for sharing your views.

  3. napox

    True, sometimes after I read an article and then I write about something else my head is still thinking about the first subject (I apologize for the little spam).

    Two hought about the subject –
    If we look at the main event (10,000$ buy-in) it was ‘sold out’. Even a star as Patrik Antonius couldn’t enter because it was full. Yes, it’s the main event but still.. it shows people want to play WSOP tournaments.
    I believe the management of WSOP knows that many events might make the series less exclusive (as you wrote) but it’s about making money and with many events they will make more money, simple as that.


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