With data numbers in US tournaments, vaccines rolling out and masks mandates being lifted, will the WSOP Main Event be the greatest ever?
Things are lastly beginning to look constructive for the prospects of dwell poker, not less than if you’re in the United States. It appears the choice to postpone the World Series of Poker till September will repay as by then the motion at the Rio will look near regular.
It might even be, fairly presumably, one in all the greatest WSOPs in historical past.
So far nearly each main dwell event in the US has damaged some form of record for the measurement of the viewers. The World Poker Tour has damaged a number of of its personal data in 2021, together with the greatest area in the excursions historical past.
The Wynn has additionally introduced a $10 million assured event for subsequent month which seems to be able to eat up a few of this demand for bricks and mortar poker.
No doubt that is pent up demand from over a yr no dwell poker just about wherever in the world. These data had been damaged whereas everybody needed to put on masks and plexiglass was wedged between the gamers.
No masks in September?
So pent up demand is maybe the greatest driver of what might be a record yr, however one other milestone was handed this month. Last week the CDC introduced that anybody in the US who has had each vaccination pictures would be allowed to now not put on masks or socially distance.
It was exceptional that 2,482 gamers attended that WPT occasion carrying masks and sat between plexiglass. There are many individuals for whom carrying the masks was simply too disagreeable to even enterprise into dwell poker. I’m one in all them, I’ve no situation carrying the masks however I can’t actually stand the considered carrying one for a number of hours at a time, so I’ve not bothered to play dwell poker when it has been allowed largely as a result of I don’t wish to put on a masks that lengthy.
By September Vegas ought to be as much as 100% capability and masks free for vaccinated folks, so that would result in a enormous area able to have a good time the finish of lockdown.
Will vaccines lead the means?
There are a lot of arguments in opposition to, nevertheless. America may be prepared however the remainder of the world might not be in time. Vaccine rollout has assorted from nation to nation and there’ll be gamers who would like to go to the WSOP however should not allowed to due to their vaccination standing.
At this stage anyone would point out the economic system and the way so many individuals won’t have the similar disposable earnings they’d due to lockdown’s impression on their funds. I’m not positive that’s an excessive amount of of a concern for the WSOP. The poker world typically appears to thrive in powerful financial intervals and there’s a lot of proof extra money has been saved in the final 12 months than some other time in latest historical past. I’d be extra frightened about the worth of Bitcoin hurting the numbers at the WSOP than something COVID associated.
The large factor the WSOP, and the world, has to fret about is a few form of second wave of COVID coming after most individuals have been vaccinated. So far the vaccines have been working in opposition to new variants of COVID and it actually does really feel like that is the begin of the finish of the nightmare.
Will it be the greatest WSOP in historical past? I don’t assume so. But I do assume it’ll be a enormous sequence with numbers just like what we now have seen in latest reminiscence and maybe a competition that may be remembered fondly for years to return.
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