You may have noticed a large number of non-U.S. players winning WSOP bracelets over the last week here at the WSOP and we’ll try to shed some light on the situation with some meticulously crafted pie charts.
As of today, we’re roughly halfway through the 2011 WSOP with 27 events down.
And while it’s easy to see the U.S. is still the biggest winner at the WSOP, the country’s dominance at the world’s biggest poker series may be in danger over the next few years given the current state of online poker in the US - the premium training ground for young poker players.
Officially the WSOP has awarded 17 bracelets to U.S. players this year while non-U.S. players have taken home a total of 10 bracelets.
It’s a slight but possibly exponential difference from last year (if played out over the full series), where after 27 events Americans had won 19 events while non-Americans had won only 8.
What’s more we’ve had several close calls in 2011 with six runner-up finishes by Europeans or Canadians.
Of course 2011 may be unique compared to previous years because this is the first year that possible U.S. entrants have been blocked from online poker sites.
Let's turn to the ubiquitous pie chart for a visual representation of the upswing in non-U.S. player bracelet victories: