Another $1,500 WSOP event, another sellout

Michael Binger
Michael Binger was among the thousands who bought into Event 51.

Michael Binger noted the tremendous amount of value that is still available in the uber-popular $1,500 events.

"There are a large number of skilled players out there these days, especially in No-Limit Hold'em but in events like these $1,500s or the Main Event there is an overwhelming amount of amateur players," said Binger.

So far the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em events have been responsible for bringing a total of 16,994 to the 2009 WSOP and awarding close to $20 million in prize money.

Today is the third time this summer that a $1,500 event has sold out. For many players the $1,500 events are the cheapest way to a WSOP bracelet, outside of the $1,000 Stimulus Event that may, or may not, return next year.

Shortly after the sellout was announced WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack asked poker fans over twitter if events at the WSOP should be allowed to sell out or if the sell-outs conflict with the WSOP brand promise.

Although the fields in $1,500 events are usually amateur-heavy there were a number of pros that bought into today's event including Binger, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Katja Thater, David Daneshgar, Kevin Saul, J.C. Tran, Noeh Boeken and Isaac Haxton.

There is still one $1,500 yet to be played at the 2009 WSOP and it will kick off at 12 p.m. on June 29 with the Main Event starting shortly after that on July 3. Early registration is recommended as this will likely be another sell-out event.

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