Pollack speaks out on WSOP sellout

Jeffrey Pollack

WSOP organizers were hit hard yesterday when over 3,000 players attempted to register for the last day of the Main Event and hundreds were sent away due to lack of capacity.

Poker pros and amateurs alike were frustrated by their inability to take part in the World's Biggest Poker Tournament. For many players it was their first chance to take part in the Main Event and instead they will have to wait another year.

It was a day that the people behind the T.J. Cloutier, Captain Tom and many other notable players were left out," said Pollack. "Has there been a system of VIP customer management at the WSOP? Absolutely. Did somebody get in after we announced a sellout yesterday? Not to my knowledge."

Finally Pollack mentioned that despite the fallout from the Main Event sellout, he still thought the 2009 WSOP was the best that he'd been a part of.

"I think people are going to remember the 2009 WSOP for having more entrants than ever before," said Pollack. "Every member of the November Nine will walk away with at least $1 million and we had some great bracelet stories this year with Phil Ivey winning two and Jeffrey Lisandro winning three.

"Demand for the Main Event was so high that we had to sell out. That isn't a bad thing because it says that poker is alive and well."

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