Following Black Friday there was plenty of discussion on how the effects of the major online poker indictments would impact attendance at this year’s World Series of Poker. A lot of players and media alike speculated field sizes would be severely down in 2011. Daniel Negreanu predicted the Main Event field would fall to lows not seen since 2004, when 2,576 players took the felt and Chris Moneymaker changed the poker world forever. All of these predictions were unequivocally incorrect. Total participation in the WSOP is up 8.5 percent before the Main Event, according to official data from the WSOP. This year’s Main Event drew 6,865 players, the third-largest field in its history. The long-term effects of Black Friday won’t be known for awhile, but the WSOP is certainly relishing this year’s attendance.

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