The US government has never paid much attention to the millions of online poker players who have been enjoying their favorite entertainment option without protection from the government. The recent crackdown against three of the largest online poker sites in the world has had a huge impact on American poker players.
In the past, the players have always had the ability to log in to their computers and find a poker game. Now, since the crackdown, it has become increasingly difficult to find a place to play, but luckily for poker enthusiasts, the 2011 World series of Poker in Las Vegas is just a month away.
On May 31st, the biggest poker gathering in the world will begin in Sin City. The WSOP this year is bigger and better than ever, and with millions of poker players yearning for action, it may also go down as the largest WSOP of all-time.
“I had my funds frozen for several weeks at an online site, and I missed playing the game during that time,” said Mark Brondelli. “Luckily, I already had plans to come out to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, so I won’t be missing too much action.”
Brondelli and his friends were in Las Vegas for the weekend, and they will return in four weeks, right when the WSOP starts to heat up. Sin City has been in need of a boost as casino revenue numbers have fallen in many months over the past couple of years.
The economic recession has changed the landscape of the casino gambling industry, causing existing casinos to struggle and lawmakers to push for new gaming facilities. Dozens of states have opened up their casino industries in the past two years.
The first major tournament of the 2011 WSOP begins on May 31st. A Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship with a $25,000 buy-in will be the featured tournament of that day. The event will have a maximum of 256 players.
The WSOP will run through July 19th. The main event, as has been the case in recent years, will break once the final table is reached, and it will resume in November.