The ESPN/World Series of Poker Circuit’s first stop, being held now at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ, has been beset by a lack of players and smaller prizes than expected.
The new poker tour, the first of five stops on the way to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in June and July, has been primarily concentrating on middle to upper level buy-ins, mostly in the $500-$2000 range. What has resulted is reduced fields and a lack of big name professional players adding their drawing power to the event.
Scheduling for Best Bets Today has to be a part of this phenomenon. Not one but two high profile, and possibly more inviting, tournaments, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas and the Jack Binion World Poker Open in Tunica, MS, have either completed their play or are currently playing at the same time. They seem to be drawing the bigger fields and the bigger names away from Atlantic City. This is resulting in some pitifully sized tournaments for something as prestigious as this first stop of the WSOP Circuit.
Only the first event of the tournament, the $500 plus $50 No-Limit Hold ‘Em Event, has drawn over six …