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Going into Main Event, WSOP At Record Pace

With the Main Event beginning tomorrow, the WSOP is predicting a record year for entrances into the tournament.

With the NBA and NFL locked out, though poker has run into legal trouble, poker is running strong.

“Here’s one sport where greed is good. Greed is good in poker and will always be good in poker,” says Ty Stewart, WSOP executive director.”

After the Black Friday indictments, some experts predicted a low turnout for this year’s WSOP, as many players couldn’t withdraw money from their accounts.

However, going into the Main Event, 58th and final event in this year’s World Series, the WSOP reports 68,807 entries in 57 events so far — 8.5 percent ahead of the same stage last year and on pace to surpass last year’s record of 72,966.

However, Stewart isn’t promising anything yet.

“The indicators are obviously positive, but predicting the Main Event number is harder than predicting jury outcomes. You never know,” says Stewart. “They come at the last minute, and we won’t know who will show up, and we don’t know how many will show up, but that’s part of the fun.”

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