Stimulus shatters WSOP record

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Just as organizers had hoped, the WSOP broke all previous records for entrants outside of a Main Event on Saturday.

Early on in today's Day 1a it was announced the WSOP's $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em economic stimulus event was a sell-out and somewhere near 6,000 are expected to play.

The exact numbers won't be known until tomorrow, but the tournament, designed as a response to the US recession, will easily eclipse the previous record of 3,929 players in a $1,500 event last year.

"We couldn't have asked for a better turnout," said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "The demand for the Stimulus Special was felt the moment we announced it."

But this is not the only record that's been broken over the first few days of the WSOP.

The one-time $40,000 buy-in commemorative event drew 201 players creating a record prize pool for events outside of a Main Event of $8 million on Thursday.

Plus, the entrants record for an Omaha 8 event fell when Thursday's $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo got saw 918 register.

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Another fan of the $1,000 No-Limit event.

"I think this tournament is a great indicator that poker is alive and well at least for this weekend," said Pollack.

Respected Online MTT pro and WSOP bracelet holder James "mig.com" Mackey is a big fan of the tournament.

"I like it," he said. "It basically replaced the $1,500 from last year so it's not that big of a deal. I might have a problem if they dropped the buy-in below $1,000. Really I would prefer to have a large number of big buy-in events."

However, the tournament has an even bigger affect on players like Drew Becker from Charlotte, North Carolina, who decided to play in his first WSOP event because of the price.

"It was a lot of fun," said Becker. "There are a lot of people who might not be able to play a WSOP event if it wasn't for the buy-in."

Despite a bad beat to knock him out, Becker was hopeful that he would return for another $1,000 event next year.

The total prize pool for the tournament is expected to be at least $5 million and the winner will walk away with over 750 times their original investment.

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