The World Series of Poker Circuit makes a couple of important stops in Atlantic City each year — Caesars in March and Harrah’s Resort in December — and it also has its final event in Las Vegas. But somehow, the biggest stop on the tour has become the Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond Indiana.
The Hammond Horseshoe
The casino is just a 40-minute drive from Chicago, a massive player base to draw from, and has become the circuit’s attendance champ.
Consider that the first tournament of the Hammond circuit stop, which was held Oct. 13 to 24, attracted 3,001 players, an obvious circuit event record. No tournament in Atlantic City has even come near that big a crowd since I’ve been blogging.
In March, the Caesars circuit event drew 742 for the first tournament and the Harrah’s Event last December drew 1,181. Even this year’s Borgata Open, which drew more that 1,700 for its opening event, is dwarfed by the Hammond figure.
Still, no event can maintain those figures through all the events. For the championship main event of the Hammond stop, however, another record was set as 1,615 turned out, creating a $2.3 million prize pool.
Robert Chow of Germantown Il. was the champ winning $393,548, by far his biggest win ever. By comparision, last year’s main event winner at Harrah’s won about $118K.
Hopefully, this year’s Harrah’s circuit event, Dec. 1-12, will at least put up a fight.
For a nice rundown on the Hammond event, go to ESPN’s poker blog.
Meanwhile, there some good news for those hoping to see online poker legalized in the U.S. A bill to do just that appears to be gaining traction after a House subcommittee held hearings on the bill Tuesday. Here’s a nice rundown of that story.