Question of the Day: Should the WSOP Ever Sell Out?

by , Jun 27, 2009 | 5:46 pm

That’s what @JeffreyPollack wants to know — after today’s $1,500 NLH maxed out with 2,790 entrants (one of which is The Big Randy, fyi). Specifically, he twitters:

should WSOP events ever sell out? Do sell-outs conflict with our brand promise? Or, are they okay?

Though I’m not exactly sure what the “brand promise” of the WSOP is beyond free beef jerky for media (hey, can we get the strips instead of the nuggets? that’d be great … thanks … sesame please), I gotta think the answer is no.

If you let alternates run, then it ultimately becomes the players’ choice whether or not to buy-in.

There could obviously be exceptions for numerically dependent tournaments such as Shootouts and Heads-up events. But I’m not even so sure that those should ever close until X number of necessary logistical minutes before cards go in the air.

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  • Kevin Mathers

    I guess they mean going back on the promise of not allowing alternates, which is odd when you think people consider Harrah’s looking to grab every dollar they can. Also, what they’ve been promoting all along is to have people pre-register, to avoid being shut out.

    Regarding the heads-up event, I’m sure most more people want there to be no cap and to have byes if necessary.

    One other thing, the other issue the Commish ran into yesterday was a controversy over players registering late and getting a full stack, which was part of the reason for the delay in the 50k HORSE.

  • DanM

    ***Regarding the heads-up event, I’m sure most more people want there to be no cap and to have byes if necessary.***

    Yeah, I agree … byes should just be part of the luck factor.

    ***One other thing, the other issue the Commish ran into yesterday was a controversy over players registering late and getting a full stack, which was part of the reason for the delay in the 50k HORSE.***

    Hmm, interesting. late buy-ins is an issue i keep hearing about — from players and floor people — with varying opinions.