“Getting new people into the game at a $10,000 buy-in level is harder than it’s ever been.” – Seth Palansky
There’s a good chance you’re officially “over” the 2014 World Series of Poker. It’s a long summer and once the November Nine has been set and the industry takes a week breather, most players and fans are ready for something different.
But, before you move on we want to share this article that appeared in the Casino City Times by Vin Narayanan (aka @casinocityvin). In it, Vin talks about the health and longevity of both the biggest tournament of the year, The WSOP Main Event, as well as the growth of poker in general and how promising big money in a $10K is probably a marketing strategy that needs a little tweaking.
Registration was up at this year’s Main Event, but whether the $10 million guarantee can generate consistent growth is an open question.
The Main Event fields are too strong and too competitive for an amateur player to plunk down a few bucks in a satellite and win $10 million. And everyone knows it. The last time we had a “true” amateur at the final table was Darvin Moon in 2009.
So, if it’s not the promise of hitting the motherload, how can the WSOP get people from watching the Main Event on the couch to participating in it in person? Vin thinks that we tell it like it is – the Main Event is the ultimate poker experience, win or lose and it is something you just have to do before you die.
Not only is it a compelling article which talks about the longevity of the Main Event, there’s some pretty interesting information on why there’s probably NOT a new poker boom coming right around the corner to save it.
Check it out: Main Event needs new identity to attract new players