Online Poker becoming massively popular
Online Poker has over the past couple of years experienced and an unbelievable explosion in popularity.
The spread across the world has reached almost a situation of utter frenzy with online poker players, from almost 200 countries joining in on the action, which is worth an astounding $25 billion a year.
TV coverage of the countless events, has increased awareness exponentially, and created millions of new fans.
At the very top sits the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and if the current trend in popularity has to continue, then it will soon be as big as the Super Bowl in the US.
Already its dominance of 3 prime-time television slots per day is a boom never before seen in any game, where the top players from all walks of life mostly, from relative obscurity have reached celebrity status in no time.
The WSOP story starts on 1970 when there were only six entrants and has risen steadily since. When Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson won it in 2000 he beat 511 players and by 2003 Chris Moneymaker was up against 838 players.
In 2004 that figure had tripled to 2,576 and more then doubled to 5,619 in 2005. The number of entries for the 2006 WSOP was capped at 8,000 giving an estimated 10 million purse to the winner which is unmatched in any other sport with the exception of boxing.