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WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.
WSOP recently announced it will bring back the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament for 2014's WSOP. You may remember Big One For One Drop from the 2012 WSOP when poker pro Antonio Esfandiari won over $18 million dollars.
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The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
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The World Series of Poker is about to crown another winner in just a couple weeks.
The final table of the WSOP, a.k.a. the November 9, actually begins on Monday, November 4 at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio. Entry to watch is free and offered on a first come, first serve basis. The line begins at 1 p.m. Seating begins at 4 p.m. with friends and family of players getting priority. General admission begins at 5 p.m. with the first hand of poker dealt at 5:47 on the nose. There will be a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes of play until three remain. This could take hours.
The final three players will then take the Penn & Teller theater stage on Tuesday, November 5. General seating begins again at 5 p.m. with fancy ESPN player introductions happening at 5:30 p.m. The first hand will be dealt at exactly 5:48 p.m. and will continue until the new WSOP champion is eventually crowned.
Online poker is back in the U.S. with not one, but two legal options and a third on the way. But, the real money is only for those within Nevada's state lines, for now. All other law-abiding Americans who can't make it to a brick-and-mortar casino continue to be relegated to going all-in for play chips on sites like Golden Nugget's Free Poker or Zynga.
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The World Series of Poker spokespeople continued to assure us they would have real-money online poker available on WSOP.com during the summer and that day is finally here. On Thursday (September 19), the first real-money poker hand will be dealt at WSOP.com at exactly 9:19 a.m. Pacific time. (The time has no significance besides tying into the date.)
When the game launches, you'll only be able to participate while in Nevada, but you’re free to sign up no matter where you live as long as you’re 21 and have a computer, Internet connection and a mobile phone. This is no different than Ultimate Poker.
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The Stardust casino is making a comeback of sorts. You may remember Stardust in its physical form on the north end of the Vegas Strip in the 70s through the 90s. Well, Stardust is making a comeback online and, specifically, on Facebook.
It may seem strange at first, but if you’re an American, you won't be able to take part in its comeback. For the time being, at least. When Boyd Gaming sold the property on the Vegas Strip where Stardust used to stand to Genting (which is now planning to build Resorts World Las Vegas on the site) they decided to keep ownership of the Stardust name. There were questions about why the name was saved, but now we know.
In conjunction with BWin.Party’s social gaming arm called WIN, Boyd Gaming has launched the Stardust Casino online. The social game will be free to play once it's available. Unfortunately, the launch was made a little premature for Americans as the game is only available via Facebook in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The United States version of the Stardust Casino will be available in a few months.
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John Mehaffey with USPoker.com says the downtown property's poker room closed earlier this month as it prepares to move forward with an all-electronic version. Our East Coast Gambler reported on Plaza's interest in switching over to PokerPro tables back in June.
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Off-strip casino conglomerate Station Casinos has long been home to various promotions over the years, including their poker Bad Beat Jackpot and the (sorely missed) casino-wide Jumbo Jackpot. Now, the Station Casinos poker rooms are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their newest promotion, the Royal Flush Bonus by upping the ante.
Here's how the pre-amped up bonus works for all live-action Texas Hold 'Em games:
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With the 2013 World Series of Poker's Main Event now airing weekly for two hours on ESPN and a 24/7 Poker Entertainment Network scheduled to debut in December, one could be tempted to say that interest in the game is up this week. Patrons of at least one Las Vegas casino may beg to differ after the closure of its decent sized poker room.
In what seems to becoming a monthly trend we again poke our heads around Vegas card rooms to stay up-to-date on the poker scene.
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That was quick.
That newly opened poker room... err, poker pit... at LVH that debuted on July 12 has already folded. Temporarily, at least. It made it one full week before shutting down... for retooling. Poker newsie @WriterJen tweeted that the room closed suddenly last Friday and expects it to re-open in one week.
LV poker: LVH poker room shut down abruptly on Friday, Bonnie Leinhos fired, hired is former Riviera manager, LVH to reopen in 1 week.— Jennifer Newell (@WriterJen) July 22, 2013