World Series of Poker Circuit Event sees dramatic rise in attenda
Bucking the trend of dwindling turnouts at major poker tournaments around the country, The WSOP Circuit Event at the Horseshoe Casino in Chicago managed a huge increase in attendance. Last year’s tournament drew a modest 165 players while this year’s edition saw 248 players take to the felt.
Perhaps a harbinger for the strong turnout for the Championship Event was the 1,412 entrants for the $345 tournament that kicked off the series.
In the end it was Dan Livingston of nearby Oak Park Illinois who took home the crown. Livingston, a low to middle stakes player, happened to be chosen in one of the Casino’s daily giveaways: The Horseshoe Casino randomly selected up to four tables each day, and the player drawing the highest card was awarded a seat into the $5,000 buy-in event.
The $291,000 in prize money eclipsed Livingston’s previous high of $4,000.
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