Without a doubt, the WSOP is the biggest poker event on the planet. This year’s WSOP alone saw over 58,000 people participate in the 55 events and over $160 million was dished out in prize money. And there doesn’t appear to be a successor anytime soon on the horizon….or is there?
The world of online poker had very humble beginnings back in 1998 when the first room in Poker Planet started allowing people to play there for real money. The Internet poker game increased moderately after that until the much discussed big boom of 2003 after people saw Chris Moneymaker win $2.5 million in the WSOP after making it there through a $39 satellite.
And online poker has grown to the point it is at now where rooms are running multi-million dollar tournaments and events. It seems like every month I see another offer from a room that has at least ‘1 million guaranteed’ somewhere in the title.
Then came today where I saw an article ran on the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. A full $30,000,000 is going to be up for grabs and the 17 day event has me wondering to myself, “Just how far is online poker going to go?”
Obviously a $30 million event is not going to upstage the WSOP but it does show how far online poker has come in terms of cash tournaments and also shows that poker rooms can organize huge money events that, 6 years ago, many would have thought were impossible.
I’m sure the online world isn’t at its peak either as I do believe the record of $30 million for an online tourney will be broken. But it will be interesting to wait and see if any poker rooms will ever rival the WSOP in terms of such a huge event.