It’s official: Black Friday (April 15) has ended poker and has made the slot online indonesia a laughing stock. Or has it? Interestingly enough, the WSOP is doing just fine! In fact, the Main Event has had the third most participants ever. What a huge statement made.

A cool $8,711,956 is awaiting the winner of this large tournament which is great to hear if you are a poker player. One would think that with U.S. Full Tilt Poker players still not being able to get their money off the site that it would mean a great portion of online players wouldn’t be able to play. Turns out to be false.

It makes sense that the largest crowd at the Main Event came in 2006 which was the last year before the UIGEA was passed. Since then, only last year’s tournament was larger than this one.

A reason for the consistent stability of participants could be for a number of reasons. Each year, especially because of online poker, new players catch the bug. They start playing in live events or even daily in the comfort at their homes realizing that there is more skill involved than once thought and that practicing is key. Once summer hits, a good portion of these players save and pony up for at least the Main Event tournament.

What some people overlook in the United States is that these new players aren’t just from the country. International players are increasing yearly, especially given that most don’t have the restraints the U.S. has. These players are more willing nowadays to fly over to the States for the WSOP knowing the series’ prestige.

For the WSOP, all of this is huge. The poker scene has gone through a lot in the past 10 years. We have seen the WSOP triple in size in one year and we have seen new laws set in place to restrict poker playing. Whatever the case, the WSOP looks strong and is here to stay. No one knows what the future will bring, but I’m betting the WSOP will be just fine.

Next Up: WSOP Europe and Circuit Events

Fifty seven events down, one to go. The WSOP in Las Vegas is officially on hold until the November Nine Main Event Final Table. The Main Event final table which will take place at the Rio in Las Vegas, November 5-7.

In the meantime, we take a look forward to the next WSOP events coming up on the radar.

Next up for the WSOP will be two, Horseshoe hosted, WSOP circuit events. One in Bossier City, Louisiana September 8th-19th, and the second in Elizabeth, Indiana, September 29th-October 10th. Winners of circuit events will receive official WSOP rings.

Shortly after that, WSOP action moves to Europe! For the first time, a major WSOPE event will be hosted in Cannes, France! The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Event will take place October 7-20 in Cannes, France. There will be 7 bracelets up for grabs. Events include:

Event #1: Six Handed No Limit Hold’em €2,680

Event #2: No Limit Hold’em €1,090

Event #3: Pot Limit Omaha €5,300

Event #4: No Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT €3,200

Event #5: No Limit Hold’em (Split Format) €10,400

Event #6: Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha €1,620

Event #7: WSOPE Main Event Championship €10,400

Also offered will be a €550 non-bracelet ladies event.

The World Series of Poker Europe will be set at the beach-side French village of Cannes, the same town where the world famous Cannes Film Festival takes place every year.

Rooms are available at beach-side hotels and resorts, such as the world famous Majestic and Gray d’Albion. Tons of side tournaments and high stakes cash games are expected to run on the side!

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