The world’s top poker players have converged upon the Empire Casino in London’s Leicester Square to try and claim some coveted hardware, with 5 World Series of Poker bracelet events to be played out there over the next 2 weeks.
Okay – admittedly, it’s a bit surreal to be writing a poker blog entry about something that happened to me, as I mostly cover news in the poker world. But what happened to me last night simply begs for some sort of a headline.
It has been described as the “Cadillac of Poker” by the godfather of the game, Doyle Brunson. No-limit Texas hold’em is the main game played at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) as well as in World Poker Tour (WPT) events.
In a deal valued a just shy of $2 billion, 2 online gaming giants, PartyGaming and bwin, have announced a merger that will create the world’s largest publicly traded online gambling company.
Proponents of legalizing online poker were finally able to celebrate a minor, but important, victory – the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would license and regulate online gambling in the United States
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has already made a run for the ages. Earlier in this year’s World Series, Grinder took down the prestigious $50,000 Players Championship, winning his 1st World Series of Poker gold bracelet, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, and over $1.5 million in the process
Since Cardplayerlifestyle.com last reported on the Main Event, poker play has continued unabated and the starting field over 7,300+ had been whittled down to 748, when the money bubble finally burst.
This year’s bubble boy is Tim McDonald. Losing with pocket queens to a flopped full house on a board of A-A-2, McDonald’s consolation prize for being eliminated is a free seat at next year’s World Series of Poker Main Event (still a good bit less than the $19,000+ guaranteed to every player in the money).
Over 4 days of Day 1 play, 7,319 poker players anted up and took their shot at becoming this year’s 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. With the amount of registered players increasing on each of the 4 Day 1s, from about 1,100 to over 2,400, the 7,300+-player field comprises the 2nd-largest live poker tournament ever held (only the 2006 Main Event field was larger).
Never far from center stage in the 14 years since his Main Event win at the World Series, Huck Seed has done it again, winning this year’s Tournament of Champions (TOC). Essentially a 27-person freeroll comprised of essentially the greatest assembly of bracelet winners poker has to offer, Seed emerged from this most loaded of fields to claim the $500,000 winner’s payday.
In a stunning announcement, 24-year-old Peter Eastgate has told the world he’s had enough of poker. After winning what’s considered to be poker’s highest honor and over $9 million in prize money a mere 2 years ago, the Danish former World Champion is throwing in the towel, as it were.
Ante Up for Africa, a joint venture of actor Don Cheadle and poker pro Annie Duke, was held for the 4th time at this year’s World Series of Poker. The duo has teamed up to raise millions of dollars over the past few years to benefit victims of the Darfur conflict.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the main stories that occurred over the past week at the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Each article in this series will cover different aspects of online tournament poker. In this article I will be covering site selection and recommended bankroll management.
Scott Montgomery and Dean Hamrick, while not the best known names in the poker world, are known to plenty of avid fans of the World Series of Poker. The reason? Both had made deep runs in the Main Event in 2008.
Phil Ivey? Men “The Master” Nguyen? Michael “The Grinder” Mizrahi?
If you had bet that one of the “household name” poker pros would be the first player to win 2 bracelets this year, then you’d have lost some money.
Both Annette Obrestad and Phil Hellmuth made deep runs, but ultimately fell short of winning bracelets at this year’s World Series of Poker.
When you’re good, your good. As though determined to solidify (even more) his place and reputation as the best poker player alive, Phil Ivey claimed yet another World Series of Poker bracelet this week, giving him a career total of 8. This ties him with Eric Seidel for 4th on the all-time bracelet-winner list, behind poker luminaries Johnny Moss (9), Johnny Chan (10), Doyle Brunson (10), and the leader Phil Hellmuth (11).
It’s time for another recap of what’s been happening over the last week at the World Series of Poker. Here’s a rundown of the newsmakers and headline grabbers:
Haven’t blogged in a bit, so time to update y’all on what’s been happening over the last week at the World Series of Poker. Here’s a rundown of the newsmakers and headline grabbers:
Men “The Master” Nguyen joined Phil Ivey and Billy Baxter with 7 career WSOP bracelet wins (6th-most all time) when he took down the $10,000 buy-in 7-Card Stud World Championship.
Phil Laak has been playing poker for an unthinkable 80+ straight hours over the last few days, achieving a personal goal of having his name enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records
At a star-studded final table, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi emerged victorious to win his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet and over $1.5 million.
The Harrah’s and Rio’s casino staffs aim to improve the WSOP experience from year to year. This year, they’ve enlarged and set aside special sports bar areas from which soccer’s World Cup can be watched.
Yesterday’s blog listed 5 of the top 10 players I feel are worth watching at this year’s World Series of Poker. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here . Without further ado, here are the other 5 “must watch” players at this year’s WSOP, along with WHY you should be watching them:
I’ve picked a few select pros to watch and listed them below along with the REASONS they should be watched at this year’s World Series of Poker. Here are the first 5; the next 5 will come tomorrow.
With a sky-high buy-in, and few opportunities to satellite in for a seat (unlike the $10K WSOP Main Event), only the best of the best pros can afford to play in the Poker Player’s Championship
Do you like to play poker live but are frustrated with the slow speed of the game after getting used to multitabling online? If the answer is yes, then you MUST try the Poker Pro automated poker tables.
In the immortal words of Sammy Farha – Raisy Daisy! We begin the last episode of this season’s High Stakes Poker by raising the stakes to $500-$1,000 blinds with a 300 ante.
To wear or not to wear sunglasses at the poker table? That’s the issue we discuss in this thought-provoking post. We’ll also see what two leading poker bloggers, Daniel Negreanu and Roy Winston, have to say about the matter.
I’d like to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE Gabe Kaplan’s intro to the episode. I think it’s very smart of the producers to acknowledge the tape-delayed nature of the broadcasts by letting Kaplan give up-to-date news of Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan’s vegetarian prop bet.