By the time the main event was set to open, so many Togel Singapore players ponied up $10,000 for this year’s main event that the first day was run in heats, with half the field playing on Sunday, May 23 and the other half on Monday. They combined the reduced fields on Tuesday. At the tournament’s start, no one was even sure how many players entered the event. Estimates ranged between 2,550 and 2,600, and the actual number turned out to be 2,576 — more than triple last year. If you graphed the growth of the World Series of Poker over the past 34 years, you’d see an acceleration curve that looks like a turbine engine ramping up to speed, growing slowly at first, then swinging from its steady horizontal rise to an almost vertical line resembling the vapor trail of a rocket launched into outer space — up, up, and away. Zoom. Swoosh. All of those comic book adjectives come together to form a perfect descriptive fit.
In 1997, the 300-entrant barrier was crossed for the first time, and it Togel Singapore seemed a lot. Everyone was shocked when more than 800 entered last year, but 2,576 players is off the charts. And it could have been more. The limiting factor was not the number of players, but available space to seat them all. Had they scheduled the first day at the Las Vegas Convention Center, we might have seen the total number of players climb to 3,000 or more.
As the number of players grew, the folks at the Horseshoe did what they could to constrain the field. Usually, there’s a feeding frenzy of satellite tournaments right up to the start of the main event, with each player paying $225 to enter a satellite that awards as many $10,000 buy-ins as it can. They also play one-table satellites, with players paying $1,025 for a chance to win a buy-in for the main event. Once Togel Singapore Harrah’s management saw that there would be no possible way to accommodate all of these other players, last-minute satellites were eliminated.
On the day prior to the main event, the last satellite they ran had the longest line I’ve ever seen for an event at the Horseshoe. It snaked from the tournament area into the hall, beyond the gift shop and buffet, down the escalator to the first floor, and then out onto the sidewalk. No one wanted to be shut out of the main event, but many were. There is only so much room at the Horseshoe — even with many of the ground floor slots temporarily removed so that poker tables could be put in their place — and it wasn’t enough to accommodate 2004’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of poker players.