WSOP gets an Upgrade

Even though the WSOP Main Event is the greatest poker tournament in the world there have been plenty of complaints voiced about the way its run and its structure.  The two main complaints over the years have been that people don’t get enough starting chips and the Main Event not allowing enough poker play into the later rounds of the tourney.  And this is definitely a valid complaint considering the amount of people who are willing to pay the hefty $10,000 buy-in to play.

So in their quest to constantly improve the way the WSOP Main Event runs, organizers decided to give players more chips to start with at the beginning and added levels later on in the tourney to allow for slower moving blinds.  The WSOP’s tournament director Jack Effel said the starting chip stacks have moved from 20,000 chips to 30,000 in the Main Event which is a huge increase and one that is sure to attract more potential players.

Effel said this move was made mainly in response to the slow economic times the US if going through and the organizers wanted to make sure people were getting a good value out of their buy-in.  But even though this move has been made because of the US’s faltering economy Effel definitely thinks that the changes made will be permanent.

I personally think this is a good move since it will lower the number of good players busting out of the tourney very early on and increase the chances of pros making the final table.  However, I’m just wondering how much longer the WSOP will last now that people have 10,000 more chips to play with.  It already seems long enough!

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