WSOP Online Series is a hot topic in many news articles about poker. The 2021 Domestic Online Tournament, which featured 33 gold bracelets, concluded on August 1. This year, the grand poker event, however, failed to attract as many players as it did in 2020.
As the WSOP website reports, only 27 217 players (with 8 643 re-entries) have signed up for the fun poker games of the 2021 Online Event. Only 10 of the total 33 golden bracelet events managed to attract more than 1 000 poker fans, while 7 events recorded under 500 entries. The total prize fund for the tournament was $18.26m.
This is a 39% decline from the player traffic, acquired during the 2020 Domestic Series. Last year WSOP.com recorded 44 719 total entries and awarded $26.87m to 31 gold bracelet winners.
Furthermore, the main event of the 2021 WSOP Series attracted only 2 024 players and, as a result, didn’t meet the $1m guarantee. The total prize fund for the game was circa $900 000.
What are the main reasons for the low traffic?
Poker experts state that the decline in player traffic, compared with the last year, is not surprising. During 2020 virtual poker rose to prominence due to the global lockdown and lack of offline events. This year, however, gambling news reports the reopening of multiple live venues as well as the reestablishment of land-based poker tournaments. Thus, the avid poker fans, who had no choice but to play online in 2020, now opt for the offline championships.
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