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A Look at The WSOP's November Nine

July 15, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

The World Series of Poker Main Event started July 5, with 6,420 players. They each paid the $10,000 buy-in which created a total prize pool of $60,348,000.

After a little more than a week of poker action, the WSOP has reached the final table of its marquee event, otherwise known as the November Nine. The final nine players will return to the Rio on November 8 for a chance to win the $7,680,021 first-place prize and a WSOP gold bracelet. But these players are already sort of winners since a spot in the November Nine guarantees a payday of at least $1,001,020 (that goes to the 9th place finisher).

So who are these lucky nine players? Below is a look at each November Nine player, their seat assignments and their chip count. Not on the list? Popular poker pro, Daniel Negreanu, who busted out just before making the final table. He finished 11th.

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The World Series Of Poker's Main Event is Underway

July 6, 2015 at 2:50 PM | by | ()

The 46th running of poker’s ultimate championship began yesterday at the Rio Las Vegas. Over the next two days, thousands of players are expected to enter the $10,000 buy-in event in hopes of claiming poker’s ultimate prizes - a WSOP Championship bracelet and approximately $8 million (depending on how many people enter). You may remember that the winner of last year’s WSOP Main Event, Martin Jacobson, bested 6,683 players and took home the grand prize of $10 million.

The Main Event is officially called "Event #68" and is the last and final event of the record-breaking 46th Annual World Series of Poker. The Main Event has three starting flights taking place on July 5, July 6 and July 7, all beginning at noon, with play running until 12:45 a.m. nightly. The Main Event will continue until July 14 when there will be only nine players remaining.

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Another Day, Another Cosmo Rumor: This Time About a Poker Room

June 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM | by | ()

The World Series of Poker kicked off a couple a weeks ago which means Las Vegas is full of even more poker players than usual. The excitement for the WSOP seems even greater this year with the amount of poker players that came to town to take part in the record-breaking Colossus tournament.

Poker rooms all around town have been slammed and have had huge waiting lists. While this is great for players, this also gives dealers and hotel employees an excuse to chatter and spread some rumors.

We’re could care less about rumors regarding the personal lives of poker players, but when a rumor about one of our favorite casinos is spreading, we have to pay attention. Last week, word started to trickle out that The Cosmopolitan would be opening a poker room this year.

The Cosmo has only vaguely teased plans for the property since Blackstone purchased the casino last year but we’re beginning to see some things trickle out. Which means this rumor may have some legs to stand on.

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WSOP is Off To a Record-Breaking Start

June 2, 2015 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

The World Series of Poker got underway last week with a bang. The 46th annual WSOP started off strong with a record breaking tournament, The Colossus, beginning on the Friday of poker action. The $565 entry fee for this tournament helped shattered previous live poker tournament records. Take a look:

Most Entrants (Total): 22,374
Largest Prize Pool (of any live poker event under $5,000 buy-in): $11,187,000
Largest 1st Place Prize (For a $500 buy-in event): $638,880
Best Single Day Attendance Ever: Saturday, May 30 – 12,172 entries (May 29 becomes - - 2nd-largest all-time with 10,202) (Break last-year’s record set opening weekend for Event#8 Millionaire Maker 7,977 entries).
Most Players To Cash: 2,241 (previous record, 2006 Main Event (873)
Largest Re-Entry Event: 22,374 (Breaking Event #8 from 2014 WSOP, 7,977 entries)

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Prepare For The World Series of Poker With These Eye-Opening WSOP Facts

May 21, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | ()

We’re less than a week away from the 46th annual World Series of Poker. The tournament, which takes place at Rio once again, kicks off on May 27 and will end its first phase on July 14.

The second phase resumes in November 8 (AKA my birthday!) with the final table of the Main Event. This second phase is more commonly known as the November 9. The final table will be spread out over three nights unlike previous years where the final table took two very, very, very, long nights.

While you have to pay to enter and play in poker tournaments you can watch World Series of Poker in person at the Rio for free. The entire World Series of Poker is a spectacle but the action really kicks into high gear when the Main Event begins on July 5. If you’re even remotely a fan of poker, it’s worth the trip to Rio just to see what it’s all about.

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Where To Play Poker in Downtown Vegas

May 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM | by | ()

Believe it or not the World Series of Poker is less than two weeks away. Even if you’re not a poker player you will still feel poker excitement all over town throughout June and part of July.

While there will be plenty of poker action at the host hotel--The Rio Las Vegas--there will be more players than normal at all of your large poker rooms on the Strip. There will even be a few more players heading Downtown's poker rooms.

Most of the big poker action is on The Strip but you can still find competitive games in two or three Downtown Vegas casinos. We say two or three because not everyone considers the electronic poker tables at Plaza a viable option.

Keep reading for a quick tour of poker rooms in Downtown Vegas:

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The 'Kid Poker' Documentary is Coming Soon

May 13, 2015 at 6:20 PM | by | ()

A new documentary produced by the online poker company Poker Stars promises to bring viewers an in-depth look at one of the game's most popular and intriguing figures.

Kid Poker is the name of the soon to be released flick, and it focuses on the outspoken and always entertaining Daniel Negreanu.

Even if you've watched just a little bit of poker on television over the past ten or so years, odds are you've seen Negreanu at some point. In addition to being #1 on the list of all-time tournament money winners (his total winnings are close to $30 million), the Canadian card shark is one of poker's most entertaining players to watch.

Although the moniker "Kid Poker" may no longer be as relevant as it once was for a man who hit the milestone age of 40 last year, it's refreshing to see that Negreanu has lost none of the lightheartedness and boyish charm that set him apart from most other players when he first burst upon the scene.

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Poker Player Profile: Tim 'The Trooper' Watts

May 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

What is it like to be a professional poker player in Las Vegas? What it is like to make your living on the felt, doing battle with tourists and locals alike, fighting and clawing for fiercely contested chips in pot after pot, suffering through the bad beats, basking in the glow of making your opponents fold their superior hands, raking in the spoils of your victories, shrugging off the hands that got away, then racking up your soldiers and doing it all again the next day?

Tim "The Trooper" Watts (the nickname is a reference to one of his favorite Iron Maiden songs) knows exactly what it's like.

Since moving to Las Vegas from Jacksonville, Florida last June, Watts has been living the life that many poker players from all over the world have only fantasized about. It is in the poker rooms up and down the Strip where Watts goes about the business of grinding out his living by playing a card game.

Although he did line-up a part time job at a restaurant when he first came to town, Watts recently took a leap of faith and said goodbye to the day job so that he could concentrate fully on poker.

Now with no bosses to answer to and no schedules to follow, each day is an open book. Whether his office is Caesars Palace, the Venetian, or perhaps downtown at the Golden Nugget, Watts enters each day in full control of his own destiny.

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Documentary On WSOP Winner Set For Release

April 27, 2015 at 12:58 PM | by | ()

When the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker main event began last November, few predicted that the quiet, unassuming Swedish professional with the small chip stack in the eighth seat would be the eventual winner.

Martin Jacobson entered the November Nine with the second shortest stack, his 14.9 million chips paling in comparison to most others at the final table, including the 38.4 million chips possessed by the chip leader, Dutch player Jorryt van Hoof. As the battle played out and competitors were eliminated one by one, Jacobson somehow managed to hang on by a thread.

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Venetian Latest Poker Room To Banish Cash

April 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM | by | ()

As of May 1, the Venetian will be the latest casino to disallow cash from being used to wager at the poker tables. The move comes several weeks after MGM Resorts announced it would be banning cash from the tables at all nine of its Strip poker rooms. The Wynn has since instituted the same policy. Under these new guidelines, players will be required to convert their cash to chips before the money is considered in play.

As we outlined in our previous report, the reason casinos are moving toward cashless tables is so that they can more closely track how much players are buying in for at the tables. The Bank Secrecy Act requires casinos to file a Currency Transaction Report for any player who buys in for more than $10,000 in chips. At table games such as blackjack and roulette, casinos have required that bets be placed with chips rather than cash for many years now. This makes it easy for casino personnel to track how much a player buys in for. At poker, however, the permission of players to bet with cash has made it easy for individuals to slip under the radar and conceivably go over the $10,000 threshold without the casino being aware of it.

A sign in the Venetian poker room (seen below) states that anybody purchasing $2,000 or more in chips will be required to do so themselves at the casino cage rather than using a chip runner. It is likely that players who approach the $10,000 threshold will be asked for identification, including a social security number, if they do not already have one on file.

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Plenty Of Unique Chips To Be Found In Poker Rooms

April 17, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | ()

VegasChatter reader Jim L. recently asked a question about which casinos in Las Vegas use different chips in their poker rooms than in the rest of the casino. The question stemmed from his discovery of the cream-colored $1 chip (seen below) during a visit to The Mirage poker room. This chip differs from the blue $1 chip which is found elsewhere in the casino.

When it comes to $1 chips, to the best of our knowledge, The Mirage is the only casino in Vegas that uses a specific chip set just for the poker room. If you were to play blackjack or other table games at The Mirage, you would see the blue chips. In the $3-$6 limit game that regularly runs in the poker room, you would see the cream-colored chip.

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Falling Rake At Venetian

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April 6, 2015 at 12:59 PM | by | ()

Christmas will be coming a bit early for poker players at the Venetian next month. Beginning May 1, the Strip's largest poker room will begin offering a $2 max rake on all poker games 24 hours a day through May 24. The normal rake at Venetian is a $4 maximum.

To the uninitiated, the rake is, basically, how poker rooms make money. Because poker players do battle with each other instead of against the house, the poker room takes a percentage of the money in each pot. In most poker rooms, the rake is 10% of the pot up to a certain amount and it is taken in $1 increments. The first dollar is taken out when the pot reaches $10, the next dollar is taken out at $20, and so on until the maximum rake is reached. The $2 maximum rake at Venetian is a 50% drop from what they usually take and players will see a nice increase in their bottom line because of it.

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