The addition of this event was made by Harrah's, the owners of the WSOP, in response to a feeling of dissatisfaction growing in the player community that forms of poker like Omaha, Razz and Stud are taking a backseat to Texas Hold'em in the World Series.
To combat this problem, and others like it, a player's advisory panel was created in 2005, giving players an opportunity to voice their concerns and give their input. In an interview today Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, a prominent member of the advisory panel, told Pokerlistings.com reporter Owen Laukkanen that the panel is working very well and Harrah's is making every effort to take the opinions and suggestions of the players into consideration in order to make this year's WSOP the best it can be.
In fact, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson painted a very optimistic picture about the direction that Harrah's is taking the WSOP. Dealing with the explosion of players registering in every event this year has proved to be difficult, but it looks like the tournament staff has good plans and is succeeding in implementing them thus far.
The only hitch so far came last night when the players finishing in the money from the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tried to cash out their tournament winnings. Even with ten staff members working doggedly to get paperwork processed as quickly as possible, players were subjected to a wait of up to two hours.
The real test will come later in the summer when an estimated 8,000 players will converge on the Rio Casino for the Main Event, the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament where this year's World Champion will be crowned.
Men "The Master" Nguyen voiced his opinion in an interview with Pokerlistings.com earlier this week and according to him the H.O.R.S.E. event will eventually eclipse the $10,000 No-Limit Event to become the most important tournament in the poker world.
H.O.R.S.E. is certainly an event that rewards the well-rounded player and will force many participants to sharpen their skills in Razz and Stud, games they may not have had a chance to play as much as the staggeringly popular Texas Hold'em that has taken the world by storm.
Chris Ferguson, in the interview mentioned above, is convinced that the Main Event as we know it today will always be the most prestigious event in poker but he is also confident that the H.O.R.S.E. event will be a huge draw for pros who feel like the field in the Main Event is just too big to offer anyone a significant chance at winning, no matter how good they are.
It'll be interesting to see how the new event will play out at this year's WSOP and in years to come. One thing is for sure, though, any tournament where players have to put $50,000 down on the table is sure to be action packed and full of excitement for players and spectators alike.