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Old 10-10-2007, 11:15 PM
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Indeed, it wouldn't surprise me if the higher WSOP attendance in recent years can be partly attributed to the change to a summer timeframe, as more civilians have the opportunity to come out on their summer vacation and make a donation (this poster included). I could stand to be corrected on this point ...

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Summer vacation? Hardly any of the WSOP players are in high school.

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but a fair amount are in college
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Old 10-10-2007, 11:24 PM
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Is there a schedule out yet?
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:50 AM
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Indeed, it wouldn't surprise me if the higher WSOP attendance in recent years can be partly attributed to the change to a summer timeframe, as more civilians have the opportunity to come out on their summer vacation and make a donation (this poster included). I could stand to be corrected on this point ...

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Summer vacation? Hardly any of the WSOP players are in high school.

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but a fair amount are in college

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I guess. I turned 21 my senior year, so in the summer I would have been working full time, but I can see where many would be 21 at the end of their junior year.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:48 AM
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I guess. I turned 21 my senior year, so in the summer I would have been working full time, but I can see where many would be 21 at the end of their junior year.

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And you forget how many youngins these days are on the 7-year graduation plan. Or the "I still haven't found myself, so I think another couple years of grad school would be nice" life plan. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

But seriously folks... a LOT of people hit the WSOP with families in tow. I see moms + kids hanging around outside the Amazon room all the time trying to see dad. Summer is definitely an easier time for most northern-hemispherians to get away, and since the vast majority of WSOP participants are not professional poker players, catering to them is good. Whether that means "june" or "august", I don't care... June weather is typically a bit more humane, but it's not really all that different.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:04 AM
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but a fair amount are in college

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I guess. I turned 21 my senior year, so in the summer I would have been working full time, but I can see where many would be 21 at the end of their junior year.

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And you forget how many youngins these days are on the 7-year graduation plan. Or the "I still haven't found myself, so I think another couple years of grad school would be nice" life plan. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

But seriously folks... a LOT of people hit the WSOP with families in tow. I see moms + kids hanging around outside the Amazon room all the time trying to see dad. Summer is definitely an easier time for most northern-hemispherians to get away, and since the vast majority of WSOP participants are not professional poker players, catering to them is good. Whether that means "june" or "august", I don't care... June weather is typically a bit more humane, but it's not really all that different.

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Jeez, I would think that's the worst kind of vacation to take the family on. If dad is in a tournament, he's gone all day and night, and gets back to the hotel at 2:30 or 3 am. He's not going to feel like getting up at 8 am to spend 3 hours of quality time with the family before going back to the WSOP.

If he's just there to play cash games, he can spend the day with the fam, but he's going to be playing on little sleep if he stays up very late. Even if all his family members are 21 and over, there's not much that's more boring than railing somebody for more than 30 minutes, especially if they're not players themselves.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:19 AM
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My guess is most of these players are there 'cause they won their seats, and as long as they were coming to Vegas they dumped everybody into the minivan and made a vacation out of it. If the choice is mom and the kids stay home while dad goes to play the WSOP, or you take everybody along for an inexpensive if imperfect vacation, which will it be?

If you hold the tourney in April, it'll probably be the former and dad will show up, play his one day, stay one more night 'cause it's free despite his wife nagging him to hurry up and get back, and go home.

If you hold the tourney in July, the family will arrive a day early, everybody will eat and gamble and see shows and leave money in the hands of Harrah's, dad will play the tourney and bust out on day 1 while the kids swim and mom dumps dollars into the slots, they'll stay another couple days and swim and eat and play and leave more money in Harrah's hot little hands, and then go home.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:34 AM
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hopefully this is the year I make it out there for an event or 2
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:05 PM
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It is freaking HOT in Las Vegas in the summer... [img]/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

Surface of the sun hot!

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Old 10-13-2007, 04:18 PM
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My guess is most of these players are there 'cause they won their seats, and as long as they were coming to Vegas they dumped everybody into the minivan and made a vacation out of it. If the choice is mom and the kids stay home while dad goes to play the WSOP, or you take everybody along for an inexpensive if imperfect vacation, which will it be?

If you hold the tourney in April, it'll probably be the former and dad will show up, play his one day, stay one more night 'cause it's free despite his wife nagging him to hurry up and get back, and go home.

If you hold the tourney in July, the family will arrive a day early, everybody will eat and gamble and see shows and leave money in the hands of Harrah's, dad will play the tourney and bust out on day 1 while the kids swim and mom dumps dollars into the slots, they'll stay another couple days and swim and eat and play and leave more money in Harrah's hot little hands, and then go home.

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A couple years ago (when I still watched tournament coverage), ESPN did one of their human interest features on the winner of one of the tournaments who had driven out in his RV with wife and daughter.

Thank Bav is spot on here. If a player wins his seat either online or in a B&M tournament, there's usually some travel expense money also. Can make for a cheap vacation in a city that still has enough kid-friendly attractions to keep them busy, more than enough shopping (low to high end) and spas to keep moms happy, and some decent baby-sitting options (Kids Tyme in a lot of locals' casinos for starts) for the parents to have a night or two out, kids free. And it's easier to pull this off when the kids are out of school.
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:44 PM
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Indeed, it wouldn't surprise me if the higher WSOP attendance in recent years can be partly attributed to the change to a summer timeframe, as more civilians have the opportunity to come out on their summer vacation and make a donation (this poster included). I could stand to be corrected on this point ...

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Summer vacation? Hardly any of the WSOP players are in high school.

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But some of us teach it, so summer is great for me.
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