2021 is the year of the new poker boom

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on 04/28/2021

Live poker tournament attendance set to hit record highs in the U.S.

The announcements of major live tournaments and tours in the poker world are coming in almost too fast to process, and the U.S. appears poised to run through another “poker boom” in 2021.

Wynn Las Vegas made news yesterday with the announcement of a $10 million guaranteed tournament set for later this summer. The player-friendly RunGood Poker Series also announced the return of its live tour, with the first of those dates slated for June.

As the record-shattering numbers from the recently finished WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown indicate, U.S. players are hungry for live tournament action. The trend of unprecedented attendance should carry over for U.S. live poker events in 2021.

The 2021 World Series of Poker kicks off on Sept. 30, and the returning live series could break all-time WSOP attendance records.

Between now and the start of the 52nd World Series of Poker, here’s a look at some other tournaments and tours than will likely play part in the 2021 poker boom.

Wynn Summer Classic

As reported by Poker.org yesterday, the Wynn Summer Classic runs May 27-July 13 at one of the Las Vegas Strip’s most popular spots for live poker. The series offers more than $16 million in guaranteed prize money, including five events with seven-figure prize pools or bigger.

The biggest of those massive prize pools comes in the most ambitious live tournament ever hosted by Wynn Las Vegas. The $10,000 buy-in Wynn Millions guarantees $10 million, a huge number even by Las Vegas standards.

The Wynn Millions runs June 25 through July 2 and could significantly raise the bar for what’s possible for a $10k tournament that’s not the WSOP Main Event.

RunGood Poker Series

RunGood Poker Series founder Tana Karn cemented the dates for the return of one of poker’s most popular live series in a Tuesday Twitter video. After more than a year on hiatus, the series returns for at least three scheduled dates this summer.

The announced RGPS schedule includes stops in San Diego, CA (June 8-11), Council Bluffs, IA (June 22-27), and Tunica, MS (July 6-11).

Mid States Poker Tour

The MSPT has drawn record-setting attendance for events in Iowa and Las Vegas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The next stop for the tour kicks off Friday at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino and runs through May 9.

Other stops on tap for the MSPT include Deadwood, SD (May 14-16), two Las Vegas events (June 2-7 and June 10-14), and a return to Riverside, IA (July 23-25). The 2021 schedule also includes Grand Falls, SD (Aug. 20-22) and another San Diego series at Sycuan (Sept. 16-27).

World Poker Tour

It would be a major understatement to say the return of the WPT Main Tour has been a rousing success in 2021. Following up on the record-breaking Seminole Hard Rock series, the WPT plans to run a WPTDeepStacks event at the Venetian in Las Vegas (July 9-13) and Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK (July 23-27).

The poker community can expect more tournament announcements to come throughout the spring, as the return to normalcy for the U.S. live poker scene should take the tournament attendance to new levels in 2021.

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