Massive Drop in Numbers Sparks Colossus Debate

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Massive Drop in Numbers Sparks Colossus Debate
16:22
09 Jun

Boasting 13000+ runners and a $1million top prize is something that speaks for itself, the World Series of Pokers Colossus an amazing beast of an event, but questions are being asked about it this year after the numbers revealed a dramatic 28% drop in numbers from last year…

Since its introduction in 2015 it has lived up to its name; 22,374 entries in its initial year making it the biggest event in WSOP history, but that was 4 years and 41% ago, the 21,613 entries of 2016 and 18,054 ponying up the $565 buy-in last year continuing the downward trend evidenced by this summer’s 13,070 – the bracelet event won by Roberly Felicio


A number of theories have been bandied about as to why the Colossus is nowhere near as Colossal as in former years, and top of the factors responsible is the ‘bucket list’ phenomenon, as PokerNews spoke of back in the inaugural Colossus…


…while Ryan ‘Protential’ Laplante offered his fans and followers some other options…


Laplante fired 12 bullets this year, that’s $6780 in buy-ins, and he wasn’t alone in chasing the $1milion dream, Laplante one of three players who entered 12 times, with seven trying 11 times and 17 firing 10 bullets each – accounting for 283 of this year’s entries…

It’s obviously an appealing event, but the structure has been named as a factor in the huge drop in numbers, 30 minute levels part of this… Laplante again giving people the option to vote on changes…


The introduction of the GIANT has also had an effect, as have slightly strange scheduling choices, and with numerous other casinos in Vegas all running events and series in the same price range, it’s probably natural that the Colossus has taken a hit.

The WSOP will almost certainly be looking at how to improve matters for next year, but for now at least one person is very, very happy with the way things are…


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