Each time the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions has been held, it’s been an amazing event.Originated by Mike Sexton, the WSOP TOC always sees poker’s greatest players battle it out for the prestigious title. Aside for the chance to increase visibility and their bankrolls, one of the nice benefits for whoever gets a chance to play in the TOC is that they’re freerolling! It isn’t often that players of this stature get to try and win money without putting down any of their own…
In the past, participants had to either be invited to participate in the exclusive event or win their seat. This year, however, there’s a BIG change! For the first time ever, we, the poker fans, can vote who we want to see into the event!
While there are still a couple “sponsor exemptions” and some automatic berths for past TOC and WSOP champions, fans get to decide which players will fill 20 of the 27 spots in the field. Much like the fan voting for the NBA’s All Star Game, fan voting for poker’s Tournament of Champions could only increase interest and the event’s popularity.
There is 1 stipulation, however: To be eligible to be voted in to the event, a poker player must have won at least 1 WSOP bracelet. To the disappointment of many, this means that the likes of Tom Dwan, Andy Bloch, Patrik Antonius, and others are automatically excluded.
Almost surely, the most recognizable faces and names in the poker industry will be voted in. – expect to see players like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, Dan Harrington, and Daniel Negreanu playing.
Vote for your favorites now at www.wsop/TOC! You have until June 15. The event will be broadcast on ESPN on August 3rd – can’t wait to see who’s playing and who will win.