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US Continues To Help World Series Of Poker Attendance Numbers

The US Justice Department continued its crackdown on what they consider illegal online gambling operations on Monday. The indictment handed down, the second of its kind in the past two months, will have a significant impact on the upcoming World Series of Poker.

The WSOP starts in less than a week and organizers were unsure of how attendance would be this year. In 2010, despite the economic hardships in the US, players came to Las Vegas in big numbers for the events at the WSOP. This year, it was already expected that there would be an increase in attendance, with the economy on the rise.

Now, two indictments have been handed down in the past two months that should significantly impact WSOP figures. US poker players are losing their online options by the day, and that could leave extra cash to make a last minute trip to Sin City.

"The WSOP this year will be extremely popular not only among players, but poker enthusiasts as well," said Gaming Analyst Brad Dawkins. "These indictments are likely the reason ESPN is stepping up their coverage of the WSOP, and players need their gambling fix, so that will help with attendance figures."

The opening week of the WSOP will feature one of the new tournaments the event has to offer. Players and fans are looking forward to the Heads-Up competition that not only allows professional players, but also amateurs. It is the first time that a heads-up event will not feature professionals alone.

"This is going to be the best WSOP in history I believe," said Max Trotkin, who has traveled from Omaha, Nebraska to play in a few WSOP tournaments. "I always look forward to coming to Vegas each year, but this will be special because there should be a lot of online players involved because of what's happening with the government."

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