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WSOP Goes International
For the third straight year the World Series of Poker has hosted players from more than 100 countries.
With three bracelets yet to be awarded, the 2010 WSOP has attracted players from 29% more countries than the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
It's a stark contrast to when the event started in 1971 and was exclusively attended by U.S. players.
"As the World Series of Poker's overall participation levels continue to establish new records, its vast geographic reach is repeatedly evidenced by the number of countries represented here in Las Vegas," said WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart.
"To outpace exceptional international events such as the Winter Olympics, firmly establishes the WSOP as a global brand with significant long-term growth potential."
In addition international players seem to be having a high rate of success than ever before.
This year players from the U.K., Canada, Hungary, France, New Zealand, Norway and Russia all secured gold WSOP bracelets.
Praz Bansi was one of the five U.K. bracelet winners and he seemed to think that poker and the WSOP will continue to expand in foreign countries.
"I think it's growing every year," said Bansi. "They are playing the game in countries where it wasn't played a few years back. The players are getting better in different countries as well."
In total 16 of the 54 bracelets that have been awarded thus far, have gone to international players. There is a chance this could be the biggest year for international players in WSOP history.
"I think the play outside America is getting much better," said Bansi. "They're getting better in America as well but overseas they are improving by a large margin."
After 41 years Antartica is the only continent that has never been represented at the WSOP.