The WSOP recently concluded its 45th annual run in Las Vegas when the Main Event field was reduced to the November Nine who will play for a $10 million first place prize following a four-month hiatus.
Non-U.S. online poker players who did not make it to the WSOP and stayed home to compete on the virtual felt are likely sorry that the WSOP is over. According to posters at various online poker forums, the competition at top online sites such as PokerStars and Full Tilt was noticeably much “softer” while many of the top players were in Las Vegas from late May to mid-July.
Those players within Nevada for the world’s most prestigious festival of poker were precluded from accessing the industry’s top sites while in town. Instead, when wishing to play online they had to choose between Nevada’s regulated poker rooms of WSOP.com or Ultimate Poker where the fields and prize pools pale significantly in comparison to the offerings at the likes of PokerStars.
Now that the WSOP has run its course and players throughout the world have presumably gone home, Internet grinders can expect online competition at the largest sites to once again return to the pre-WSOP level. While some online players enjoy the challenge of matching their skills against the best in the business and welcome the return of those who competed at the WSOP, a number of players would much rather take advantage of the value found in competing against a “weaker” field.