When all of last year’s shouting was over and done, I found myself standing next to Horseshoe owner Becky Binion Behnen and asked her how many players she anticipated for the main event in 2004. She smiled and said, “I guess we might have as many as 1,000.” I thought she erred on the side of caution, and in a column right here in Togel Singapore Card Player, entitled “That’s My Number and I’m Sticking to It,” I predicted 1,150 entrants. I thought I was conservative, too, but I might have been swayed somewhat by Becky’s estimate. After all, she owned the joint — or did.
For a while, it seemed like there might not even be a 2004 World Series of Poker. In early January 2004, U.S. marshals entered Binion’s Horseshoe and seized $1.9 million to satisfy debts owed to the Southern Nevada Culinary and Bartenders Pension Trust Fund and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Welfare Fund, and forced the closure of the 52-year-old property’s casino.
Seizing the Horseshoe sparked all sorts of rumors, and for weeks no one could tell you what the casino’s fate would be. And if the casino’s Togel Singapore fate was up in the air, so was the fate of its biggest asset: the World Series of Poker. But the Horseshoe reopened on April 1, only three and a half months after its closure by U.S. marshals, under the management of Harrah’s Entertainment.
While Harrah’s promised Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman that at least the final days of the 2005 WSOP would take place Downtown as part of the city’s centennial celebration, preliminary events will probably be sited at the Rio, another Harrah’s property in Las Vegas. After that, it’s anybody’s guess. Most crystal ball gazers predict the Togel Singapore WSOP will eventually move to a new megaresort on the Strip.
Since its relatively modest beginnings, the World Series of Poker has grown exponentially. From five events in 1970, it’s grown to a Togel Singapore tournament comprising more than 30 events. The grand finale, the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, attracted 839 participants in 2003 and created a prize pool of $8,390,000 in the process. This year, it attracted 2,576 players and generated a prize pool of nearly $25 million.