Noticeably Smaller HORSE Field

by , Jun 25, 2008 | 5:32 pm

Cards are in the air, and though you technically can still buy in, the $50k HORSE event starts with 115 players. But we knew that was gonna be the case, right? Not a comment on the popularity of HORSE as a game, but just on the state of the poker economy at the top levels of the poker pyramid.

Some will suspect, I am sure, that this 20 percent drop in field size could be a foreshadowing of what’s TK in the Main Event … but I don’t think so. There’s a big difference in a poker player’s ability to get their hands on $10k for some No-Limit Hold’em and $50k for Crazy Pineapple.

To that extent, the 2008 dip probably does more to enhance than it does hurt the HORSE event’s prestige.

UPDATE: I now count 135 players. Gettin’ up there, but surely not going to pass last year’s totals in the next couple hours, right?

UPDATE: They’re up to 140.

New prediction:
the HORSE numbers this year, like so many other events, will be roughly the same as last year — either a little bigger or a little smaller — just took a few folks a little longer to buy in than before, for whatever reason.

UPDATE: Crap, wrong again on this … turns out to be not a little bigger, nor a little smaller, but the exact same size as last year, with 148

2 Comments to “Noticeably Smaller HORSE Field”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    Pauly on his site said that Poker Shrink mentioned it was over 130. There’s still 3 hours to register for this thing so maybe it’ll get close to last year’s total.

  2. Kevin Mathers

    Now at 140 as of a couple minutes ago.