Colossus falls short of 2015 numbers, but not by much. Chris Ferguson returns to the Rio. A simple way to improve WSOP coverage is put forth on 2+2. And more.

Yesterday’s news

The 10k Stud Championship overshadowed everything thanks to the return of 2000 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Ferguson (more on this in a moment), but lost in the shuffle is the disturbing attendance trend since the WSOP reinstituted the $10k buy-in for Championship events in 2014 after a two year hiatus from 2012-2013:

  • 2011: 126
  • 2014: 102
  • 2015: 91
  • 2016: 87

Meanwhile, the final numbers are in for the Colossus, and they are both remarkable, and at the same time, a bit disappointing, as the tournament failed to eclipse last year’s entries.

What to watch for today

The remaining players in the Colossus II field will be combined for Day 2, but there is still a long way to go before a winner is crowned.

The Stud Championship will play down to the final table.

The Top Up Turbo has begun, and attendance is so-so. And as I predicted, the complaints have already started rolling in.

Live updates of today’s action can be found here.

Upcoming events

In addition to the events noted above, the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice tournament will get started today.

WSOP News & Notes

– As noted, Chris Ferguson made his first appearance at the World Series of Poker since the 2010 series. The former Main Event champion has likely stayed away due to his role with Full Tilt Poker, and the subsequent issues that arose following Black Friday.

– Very rarely does 2+2 unanimously agree to any idea, but a recent suggestion by one poster has garnered near-universal support. The idea? Change the way live updates are displayed… or as some other posters noted, give the user the option.

Quick Hitters

– The WSOP isn’t the only game in town this weekend, as the Venetian and Golden Nugget are hosting large scale tournaments in conjunction with two national tours. Monday at the Venetian will mark the start of the MSPT Main Event, and at Golden Nugget it’s Poker Night in America putting on the tournament.

– If you’ve grown pessimistic about poker in the united States I suggest this article I penned for US Poker, detailing two new poker rooms that have recently opened in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

– Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino will be reopening per a story by the Associated Press. However, the new Showboat will not be a casino.