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WSOP Setting New Records

The World Series of Poker Tour is one of the most high-profile and exciting events hosted by Australia’s casino resorts, and it’s always good to see international events putting Australian Casinos into the spotlight. But the WSOP World Tour has its roots in a bigger event that has been hosted for the tenth year by the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – the WSOP itself.

We’ve been seeing Poker on the rise in Australia for a number of years, and it’s always nice to be able to report local men and women seeing success on the biggest stage the game has to offer.

But Poker has been on the rise at grass roots level all around Australia, too, with games reportedly springing up at pubs and social clubs as well as in players’ homes – not to mention at the excellent casinos around the country. And the Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour has been gaining momentum, with more and more players giving it a go at the professional and semi-pro level. And if the attendance at this year’s WSOP is anything to go by, the trend of Poker’s increasing popularity is worldwide, not just an Australian phenomenon.

There were 65 events at the WSOP this year, and an incredible 82,360 players participating – setting a record in the process. Of course, with more players buying in, there was a whopping prize pot on offer worth more than $225million. More than $60million was on offer in the Main Event, and more than 6000 players in the mix for it.

Those include some famous names, like actress Jennifer Tilly and Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne, but it has to be said that this year’s WSOP event was dominated by players from the US, with the overwhelming majority of the events won by Americans. Still, where the WSOP event leads, so the rest of the Poker world will follow, and we fully expect to see an exciting year of Poker ahead.

There were records set in all the right ways in the WSOP, and we’re interested to see if that momentum carries on when the tour comes to Australia. Perhaps it’s worth getting ourselves logged on to a Poker Room or one of our favourite online casinos to hone our competitive edge, and see if we can’t win a place at a table when the Tour comes to Crown Melbourne or to one of Australia’s other first-rate casino resorts...

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