$10k Limit Championship Takes Attendence Hit

Greg Mueller
Greg "FBT" Mueller is back to defend his $10k Limit Hold'em title.

The latest $10k event kicked off at the WSOP Tuesday, as 171 players took their seats in the Limit Hold'em Championship.

Like most $10k WSOP events, the field is heavy with pros, including Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Mike Matusow and Andy Bloch.

For the first time in the 2010 WSOP, however, attendance is down for a $10k event from 2009. Last year 185 players played the event.

The $10k Limit Hold'em Championship is the fifth $10k event to take place at the WSOP 2010, but all of the previous four have enjoyed increased field sizes from the previous year.

Greg "FBT" Mueller won the event in 2009, and the two-time bracelet winner is back in the hunt today, despite the smaller field.

"I was surprised," Mueller said of the lower registration numbers. "It might be a coincidence from the other events that are running."

"It's also the fifth $10k event, and we've had the $50k (Players Championship). People are running low on funds. I don't think it's based on limit hold'em per se, it just might be a coincidence."

The WSOP is running 10 $10k buy-in events for 2010, including the Main Event, with only the $50k Players Championship and $25k Six-Handed No-Limit events having higher buy-ins.

Attendance was up over 2009 for the $10k Seven-Card Stud, Stud Hi-Lo, Deuce-to-Seven Lowball and Omaha Hi-Lo championships, the four $10k events already completed at the 2010 WSOP.

The fields for the $10k events are always stacked, making a bracelet win even that much sweeter for the winners.

"All the best limit hold'em players in the world are in this tournament, and all the best tournament players, like Phil and Howard, are here," Mueller said. "So I would say these tournaments are the most fun to win."

Andy Bloch, who's already cashed in two Championship events this year, wasn't surprised at the lower turnout for this year's $10k Limit event, with a popular $2.5k Pot-Limit Omaha event also beginning Tuesday.

"There's a real easy explanation for that," Bloch said. "We had the $2,500 PLO today and a lot of people are still in that that want to play this. Maybe it's only five or 10 people, but that's enough to change the number."

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