For WSOP Competitors, Vegas is Often More About Business

By Nick Sortal, CDC Gaming Reports – Las Vegas has more than 42 million visitors a year, so you could argue a measly 100,000 or so really doesn’t make much of a dent. Especially if they don’t drink much when they gamble.

But many of them will get hours of exposure on national TV. And at least one will leave with a few million dollars. The 48th annual World Series of Poker began this week, at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino.

Fueled by the poker boom that began more than a decade ago, WSOP players’ views of Las Vegas are likely quite different than those of conventioneers and other gamblers. In many cases, it’s more of a business trip. And an annual reunion.

Pros such as Matt Waxman like the series because it has its share of “dreamers” – players who have less poker skill, but have hopes of stardom. “The WSOP gets the most press, which draws in more amateur players, which makes it better in value,” he says. “The massive field size means that almost every day you can win six figures or more. That makes it lucrative and hard to miss.”

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